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Cat Tien National Park - Dong Nai province

In 1978, the South Cat Tien and North Cat Tien parks were placed underneath the State's protection. In 1992, the Cat Loc Park was listed in the program for the protection of natural wild animals and flora. In December 1998, these 3 parks joined along to become the Cat Tien National Park, underneath the management of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development.

With an area of 74,319 hectares, the Cat Tien National Park has conserved its original natural soil with a various ecological system and lots of rare and precious kinds of animals listed in the Red Book of Endangered Animals. The landscape surrounding the Park is magnificent, and therefore the native people have maintained practising customs and habits the whole national cultural identities.

Coming along National Highway 20 from Ho Chi Minh City to Da Lat, at Milestone No.174 being Tan Phu cross-road and turning left, you will view a board "Cat Tien National Park - 24km".

Let come back into the forest on a path coated with tree leaves. The sunshine was on the canopies, layer after layer. The air was humid. The cicadas resounded over the forest. Remember to visualize a 400-year-old conife there. Going a little more you are able to see another tree, known as bang lang (Lagerstroemie corniculata), that is sort of 300 years previous. From its trunk of nearly 3 metres in diameter, half dozen ivory sub-trunks sprouted. There are several alternative strange trees in the forest: a red-wood tree having a diametre of 3.7m, a benjamin fig having a fasciculate root that runs along the stream and may shade about 20 people, a banyan tree having a hollow trunk that is giant enough for 3 people, to call apart from some.

Until now, in Cat Tien Park, 1,610 styles of flora are classified that belong to seventy five species, 162 families and 724 branches, several of them listed in the Red Book.

The Dong Nai River is a natural boundary that comprises 3 sides of Cat Tien Park. On the left bank, villages and gardens are constructed near the water, and on the right bank are wild forests with primitive green canopies. Many species of birds constructed their nests in the canopies. In the primitive forest, there are varied styles of fauna typical for the low land of the eastern Truong Son and the Central Highlands. According to surveys created by the Park's Management Board, there are 77 styles of animals belonging 28 families and ten species; 326 styles of bird in sixty two families and eighteen species; thirty seven styles of reptiles in eighteen families and three species; 133 styles of fish in 28 families, and a large vary of insects.

Most valuable note are the animals listed in the Red Book of Endangered Animals like Ban 10 bull, Gaur bull, tiger, bear, wolf, black-foot monkey, peacock, white-neck crane, pheasant (which are found solely in Southeast Asia), crocodile, pantheon, etc. Especifically, there's a gaggle of 7-8 one-tusk rhinoceros, that has attracted attention from each domestic and foreign scientists.

At 4 a.m, on May 17, 1999, an automatic set of cameras captured pictures of a grown-up rhinoceros, which has been classified as a member of the Java rhinoceros family. In November 1998, in Phu My Village, Cat Tien District, an ancient village dating back a 2,500-3,000 years was discovered. This is often a complex of relics, together with temples and towers and lots of artifacts, that proved the mixture of the Chan Lap civilization of the south and the Cham Pa civilization of the north. Among the artifacts, there are many statues that were for worshipping, like the Linga-Yoni (sacred worshipping things representing the human sexual organs). There's a Linga, 2.1m high, that is that the biggest of this sort in the world. Several alternative vestiges showed that Cat Tien was the Holy Land of the traditional Phu Nam Kingdom reconstructed 2,000 years ago.

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