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SOS Rhino : In the News : Rhino menaced in Cat Tien national park

Rhino menaced in Cat Tien national park

  VietNamNet – While Vietnam seeks recognition of Cat Tien National Park as a world natural heritage site from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), it has failed to eliminate illegal hunting in the park.  

The latest survey by Vietnamese and international scientists has verified that Cat Tien national park is home to 1,610 flora species and nearly 1,490 fauna species, including 103 rare animals such as Javan rhino, gayal, fresh-water crocodile, white-necked crane, and red-necked hill partridge.  

With these natural blessings, Cat Tien has the most abundant biological diversity in Vietnam, and is a veritable natural laboratory for natural scientists.  

However, these treasures are not protected properly. In early June, a report was dispatched to leaders of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and to the Chairman of the People’s Committee of central highland’s Lam Dong Province in which the park is located, from the park’s director, Tran Van Mui. His report stated: “Serious deforestation is taking place in hamlets 3 and 4, Phuoc Cat 2 Commune, Cat Tien District, Lam Dong Province. All illegal logging is highly organized and the denuded areas are at the core of the Cat Tien national park.”

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