U Minh Thuong National Park
|Year of Declaration:||2012|
|Area and Location:||
Located in An Minh and Vinh Thuan districts, Kien Giang Province about 365km south-west of o Chi Minh City, U Minh Thuong National Park covers a total area of 8038 hectares.
The Park supports one of the last two significant areas of peat swamp forest remaining in Viet Nam (the other one being U Minh Ha), and is recognized as one of the three highest priority sites for wetland conservation in the Mekong Delta.
The Park supports a range of wetland habitats, including a semi-natural Melaleuca forest, seasonally inundated grassland and open swamp.
Significant plants include the duckweed (Lemna tenera), which is rare throughout its range in Southeast Asia but common at U Minh Thuong; Melaleuca cajuputi; Phragmites vallatoria; Cayratia trifolia.
Significant species include Oriental small-clawed otter (Aonyx cinerea); Sunda pangolin (Manis javanicus); large spotted civet (Viverra megaspila); Oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster); spot-billed pelican(Pelecanus philippensis); painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala); lesser adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus); black-headed ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus); glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus); greater spotted eagle (Aquila clanga); grey-headed fish eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus); and Asian golden weaver (Ploceus hypoxanthus).
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The Park has historical significance since the area was used as a base by resistance forces during the First and Second Indochina Wars. The sunset in the Park is fantastic as thousands of birds return from feeding grounds to their nests; the forest is full of wildlife and the sounds of monkeys and wild pigs.
|Biological Richness:||• 226 species of non-cultivated vascular plants
• 24 species of mammals
• 185 species of birds
• 34 species of reptiles