Size, diversity, and beauty make Yok Dôn National Park one of the most famous natural areas in Vietnam. With 444 square miles of protected space, Yok Dôn covers a significant portion of Central Vietnam before running to the border to meet the Mondulkiri Protected Forest in Cambodia. The second-largest national park in the country, after a …
Native Wildlife of Vietnam
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Guide to Native Wildlife and Attractions in Vietnam
Protecting Vietnam’s biodiversity has become a primary goal of many conservation organizations. Groups like BirdLife International, Conservation International, the World Wildlife Fund, and the United Nations have all invested in creating a network of 33 national parks and 14 nature reserve biospheres for Vietnam.
More than 50,000 species have been recorded in Vietnam and scientists think that is only scratching at the surface of the country’s true biodiversity. WWII, the Vietnam War, and decades of illegal logging and wildlife trafficking eventually led Vietnam to a breaking point: either conserve the biodiversity that was left or accept the ramifications of losing it.
Vietnam and its international collaborators, including the U.S. and the EU have rallied to protect small but significant pockets of wilderness left in the country. While not all of the protected areas are legally accessible by travelers (or even locals) most of them offer at least some sort of entry.
Vietnam’s ecotourism is vital to the country’s economy as a whole. Different regions supply different gateways into their various ecosystems and its shape is often credited as one of the primary reasons that the country is home to some of planet earth’s most biodiverse habitats. From high elevation mountain forests to humid jungles to coastal wetlands, Vietnam has it all.
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