Bataan National Park

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Bataan National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Mount Natib.jpg
View of Mount Natib
Map showing the location of Bataan National Park
Map showing the location of Bataan National Park
Location in the Philippines
Location Bataan, Philippines
Nearest city Balanga City, Bataan, Philippines
Coordinates 14°39′N 120°36′E / 14.650°N 120.600°E / 14.650; 120.600Coordinates: 14°39′N 120°36′E / 14.650°N 120.600°E / 14.650; 120.600
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 province in Central Luzon Region. The park straddles the northern half of Bataan Peninsula 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 and included portions in Subic, Zambales. The park was reduced in 1987 to its present size of 23,688 hectares (58,530 acres) and is now wholly located in Bataan province. The park encompasses the Bataan towns and cities of Hermosa, Orani, Samal, Abucay, Balanga, Bagac and Morong.[1]

Mount Natib with its 6 by 7 km (3.7 by 4.3 mi) wide forested acorn-shaped caldera is located in the middle of the park. Activities in the park include nature viewing, bird watching, and trekking to its several peaks and waterfalls.[2] The park is located 101 kilometres (63 mi) from Manila, its mountains can be seen across Manila Bay from the city.

Topography and ecology[edit]

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 wild monkeys and other varieties of insects and birds.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Region 3 - Protected Areas". Department of Environment of Natural Resources Protected Areas and Wildlife Bureau. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Ecotourism Sites in Region 3". Biodiversity Management Bureau. Retrieved on 2014-12-31.
  3. ^ "National Parks in Luzon". VisitPhilippines.org. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 

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