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Kon Ka Kinh
Vietnam, Gia Lai
108o 22.00' East 14o 20.00' North
A1, A2, A3
570 - 1,748m
Year of IBA assessment
BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)
Site description This IBA comprises Kon Ka Kinh Nature Reserve, located in the Western Highlands of Vietnam. Kon Kah Kinh Nature Reserve is situated 12 km to the west of Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve, linked by intervening forest areas. The two nature reserves, therefore, form an area large enough to support viable populations of large mammals, such as Tiger Panthera tigris, that neither area could support in isolation.
Non-bird biodiversity: The presence of Truong Son Muntjac Muntiacus truongsonensis, endemic to Indochina and only discovered in 1997, has been confirmed at Kon Ka Kinh Nature Reserve. This is currently known from only a single other protected area in Vietnam. Three globally threatened primate species are recorded at Kon Ka Kinh: Stump-tailed Macaque Macaca arctiodes, Grey-shanked Douc Langur Pygathrix nemaeus cinereus and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabriellae. In addition, a number of other species such as Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Tiger Panthera tigris, Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatraensis and Malayan Porcupine Hystrix brachyura have also been recorded at Kon Ka Kinh (Le Trong Trai, 2000). 16 species recorded in Kon Ka Kinh are listed in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants as globally threatened, of which one is listed as Endangered (Pinus dalatensis), four are listed as Vulnerable (Fokienia hodginsii, Decussocarpus fleuryi, Cephalotaxus mannii and Calamus poilanei) and 11 are listed as Rare (Le Trong Trai, 2000).
Hill evergreen forest (subtropical); Montane broadleaf evergreen forest
Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research
Protection status Kon Ka Kinh Nature Reserve is situated 12 km west of Kon Cha Rang Nature Reserve, to which it is linked by intervening forest areas. However, the intervening forest areas are currently under forest enterprise management. In the nature reserve investment plan, BirdLife and FIPI strongly recommended that, in the future, these areas should be incorporated within the boundaries of the two nature reserves to form one continuous protected area. This recommendation is also contained within the Tropical Forestry Action Plan, the Biodiversity Action Plan for Vietnam and a recent review of the protected areas system in Vietnam published by Birdlife International and FIPI (BirdLife International and FIPI, 2001).
References BirdLife International and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute (2001) Sourcebook of existing and proposed protected areas in Vietnam. Hanoi, Vietnam: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute.Le Trong Trai, Le Van Cham, Tran Quang Ngoc and Tran Hieu Minh (2000) An investment plan for Kon Ka Kinh Nature Reserve, Gia Lai province: a contribution to the management plan. Hanoi: BirdLife International Vietnam Programme and the Forest Inventory and Planning Institute.
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