The dedicated bird conservationists in southern Vietnam park

Tuoi Tre News
16 November 2014

Over the past few years, a group of veterinary engineers, forest rangers and volunteers have been dedicated to the rescue and caretaking of birds, particularly endangered ones, at a national wildlife reserve in the Mekong Delta province of Dong Thap.

Tram Chim National Park, which spans several communes in the province’s Tam Nong District, is home to 233 waterfowl species of some hundred thousand individuals, which account for one fourth of the country’s bird population.

Among them, many are rare species listed in Vietnam and World Red Books of endangered fauna and flora.

The 7,300- hectare park boasts vast expanses of lush cajuput, which have long been haven for such rare waterfowl species as white-winged wild ducks, spot-billed pelicans, lesser adjutant storks and particularly red-headed cranes.

The red-headed crane is the largest of the crane family and is on the brink of extinction worldwide.

Over the past several years, apart from efforts in preventing wildfires and protecting cajuput forests of Tram Chim park, particular attention has also been paid to the conservation of the waterfowls- the park’s special residents.

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