Cát Tiên National Park, (Vietnamese: Vườn quốc gia Cát Tiên) is an important national park located in the south of Vietnam, approximately 150 km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It has an area of about 720 km² and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests left in Vietnam.
Cat Tien comprises an important reserve in Vietnam, both for the habitat it protects and the number of species it contains. As well as being a critical reserve for the Javan Rhinoceros, it also is home to 40 IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) Red List species, and protects around 30% of Vietnam’s species. The park is, however, threatened by encroachment from local communities, illegal logging and poaching. In addition, the park is too small for the larger species found inside it. This has led to either their local extinction or conflict with local people as these animals move beyond the confines of the park. This problem is particularly intense for the park’s elephant population, which is prone to wandering and is considered too small to be self sustainable.
It’s very hot here!
Since the early 1990s, partly as a result of the discovery of rhinos in the park, international donors and the Vietnamese government began to invest more money in protecting the park and managing the resources of local State Forest Enterprises, nearby and adjoining forests (including Vinh Cuu Nature Reserve), in co-ordination with the park as a whole. There have been moves to combine a management plan that allows for both traditional park management and some limited resource utilisation by local people, which include the Stieng, Chau Ma (now concentrated in Ta Lai) and Cho’ro minorities.
Going to the jungle
In 2008 the Forestry Protection Department collaborating with the Endangered Asian Species Trust (UK), Monkey World Ape Rescue(UK) and Pingtung Wildlife Rescue Centre (Taiwan) founded the Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre. The centre focusses on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of the four endangered primates found in Cat Tien (golden-cheeked gibbon, black-shanked douc, pygmy loris and silvered langur), developing Government guidelines for release of primates. The centre conducts informative daily educational tours explaining the centre’s work, with a chance to see young rehabilitated gibbons in the trees.
Bàu Sấu – There is a forest management station here, where we stayed the night.
There is tour guide available if you don’t dare to take the risk into the jungle by yourself.
I should have realized it. LOL
My friend and the sunrise. Nam Cát Tiên is also a great place for wild-life photography. Too bad I didn’t bring my Nikon.
It’s a great experience to say good bye the city and get into the wild life by yourself. The area is totally desolate except some tourists, forest managers and some tour guide services. Like I always say, there are always something new out there!
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