Bataan National Park
|Bataan National Park|
Roosevelt Park in Dinalupihan, part of Bataan National Park
|Nearest city||Olongapo, Zambales, Philippines|
|Area||23,688 hectares (58,530 acres)|
|Established||December 1, 1945|
|Governing body||Department of Environment and Natural Resources|
Bataan National Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the mountainous interior of Bataan Peninsula in Central Luzon 101 kilometers northwest from Manila. The park covers an area of 23,688 hectares straddling the northern half of Bataan province near its border with Subic Bay Freeport Zone, Zambales. The park was first established in 1945 under Proclamation No. 24 with an initial area of 31,000 hectares. It has since been reduced in 1987 to its present size of 23,688 ha. The park contains several World War II memorials being known historically as the site of the Bataan Death March. Bataan's highest peak, Mount Natib is also located within the park.
Topography and ecology
Bataan National Park is covered by tropical jungle and mountain terrains with significant geological features such as rivers, springs and waterfalls. Pasukulan and Dunsulan falls are found within the park, as are important species of flowers and ground orchids. It is also home to several cagey wild monkeys and other varieties of insects and birds.
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