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Cat Tien National Park

Alternative site name(s)
Cat Loc, Nam (Bai) Cat Tien, Tay (Bai) Cat Tien
Province(s)
Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc
Area
70,548 ha
Coordinates
11o21' – 11o48'N, 107o10' – 107o34'E
Distance(s)
From HoChiMinh City
From Nha Trang City
From Da Lat City
Eco-tours
Trekking, Wildfile, Bird watching… Contact us for more information

Topography and hydrology

The Nam Cat Tien sector of Cat Tien National Park is located in Dac Lua commune, Tan Phu district, Dong Nai province. The Tay Cat Tien sector is located in Dang Ha commune, Bu Dang district, Binh Phuoc province. The Cat Loc sector is located in Tien Hoang, Gia Vien and Phuoc Cat II communes, Cat Tien district, and Loc Bac commune, Bao Lam district, Lam Dong province.

The topography of Cat Tien National Park varies greatly among the three sectors. The Cat Loc sector is situated at the western extent of the Central Highlands and, consequently, is rather hilly. Although elevations only reach 659 m, the hills are relatively steep. The Nam Cat Tien and Tay Cat Tien sectors are situated in the lowlands of southern Vietnam, at the foot of the Central Highlands. The topography of these sectors is characterised by low, gentle hills, the highest of which reaches an elevation of 372 m.

The Dong Nai river, the second largest river in southern Vietnam, flows through the national park, forming the western boundary of the Cat Loc sector and the eastern boundary of the Nam Cat Tien sector. The numerous streams that originate in the national park drain into this river. The lowlands in the north of the Nam Cat Tien sector are poorly drained, and support an area of swamps and lakes, which are fed by seasonal flooding of the Dong Nai river.

Biodiversity values

Cat Tien National Park supports a variety of habitat types, including primary and secondary lowland evergreen forest dominated by species in the Dipterocarpaceae; primary and secondary lowland semi-evergreen forest, dominated by Lagerstroemia spp; freshwater wetlands with open lakes and seasonally inundated grasslands, containing Saccharum spontaneum, S. arundinaceum and Neyraudia arundinacea; flooded forest, dominated by Hydnocarpus anthelmintica mixed with Ficus benjamina; and a range of secondary habitat types, including grassland and areas dominated by bamboo.

Cat Tien National Park was sprayed intensively with herbicides during the Second Indochina War, and logged immediately after. In areas of dense bamboo and grass cover, natural re-growth of trees hardly occurs. Only 50% of the total area of the national park is classified as evergreen forest, semi-evergreen forest or mixed forest. Bamboo forest accounts for 40% of total land cover. The remainder of the land cover consists of wetlands, grasslands and agricultural land.

 

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