Vũ Quang National Park

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Vũ Quang National Park
Vườn quốc gia Vũ Quang
IUCN category II (national park)
Location North Central Coast
Nearest city Hà Tĩnh
Coordinates 18°17′30″N 105°24′30″E / 18.29167°N 105.40833°E / 18.29167; 105.40833Coordinates: 18°17′30″N 105°24′30″E / 18.29167°N 105.40833°E / 18.29167; 105.40833
Area 550.289 km²
Established 2002
Governing body People's Committee of Hà Tĩnh Province

Vũ Quang National Park is a national park in Vũ Quang district, Hà Tĩnh Province, North Central Coast, Vietnam. This park contains biodiversity. Saola and Giant muntjac are species found in this park. Vũ Quang is a remote forested region of Vietnam, in which several new species of deer and antelope have been discovered since the 1990s. Some are so new that scientific description is still pending, although most have local names.

The area was declared a forest reserve in 1986 and a National Park in 2002. The National Park has an area of 212 square miles (550 Square kilometers).

List of new animals[edit]

New animals from Vũ Quang and surrounding areas:

In addition, Vũ Quang is home to five new species of fish:

  • Parazacco vuquangensis
  • Crosscheilus vuha
  • Pararhoedus philanthropus
  • Pararhoedus equalitus
  • Oreoglanis libertus

In addition to these animals, there are some tantalising glimpses of more:

  • a large, cream-coloured slow loris seen in Hanoi Zoo by Doug Richardson, assistant curator of mammals at London Zoo in 1994;
  • a black muntjac seen in Laos by Dr George Schaller of New York's wildlife Conservation society in 1994;
  • the skull and some meat from the Vietnamese warty pig Sus bucculensis was given to Dr Schaller on the same visit. The species was first described in 1892 but no physical evidence for it was ever secured.