a UNESCO-recognized national park in central Vietnam
are now applying for a second world heritage status,
this time for its biodiversity, park managers said Friday.
Nha- Ke Bang in Quang Binh province in this quest is
the Hanoi National University.
Phong Nha-Ke Bang is considered
the country’s most precious biodiversity site, with
2,394 plant species, many of them listed in Vietnam’s
Red Book of endangered species, and 1,072 animal species,
with 23 named in the World Conservation Union (IUCN)'s
list of threatened species.
It also boasts 356 bird,
162 fish, 97 reptile, and 47 amphibian species, with
18 of them listed in the Red Book and six in the IUCN
list, besides 270 butterfly species and 50 species of
Ten species of primates,
or half of all primate species in the country, have
been discovered in the park, with seven of them also
making it to the Vietnam Red Book. Some are unique to
Scientists recently discovered
a new species of gecko, snakes and a 400-year-old population
of Bach xanh (Calocedrus macrolepis), a conifer, in
In an exciting discovery,
three species of orchids, thought to be extinct in the
world, have also been found in the park.
Phong Nha- Ke
Bang was recognized by the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization in 2003 for its
geological abundance. The park is one of the world’s
two largest limestone regions which is home to hundreds
of caves and grottoes.
It is now the
recognized site in Vietnam after Ha Long Bay, the imperial
Hue city, Hoi An town and the My Son tower complex.
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