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Location Vietnam, Dong Nai
Central coordinates 107o 20.00' East  11o 27.00' North
IBA criteria A1, A2, A3
Area 38,302 ha
Altitude 100 - 372m
Year of IBA assessment 2002

BirdLife Indochina Programme (Country programme)



Site description This IBA comprises the Nam Cat Tien sector of Cat Tien National Park, situated in the lowlands of southern Vietnam, at the foot of the Central Highlands. The topograpy of Nam Cat Tien is characterised by low, gentle hills. The lowlands in the north of the site are poorly drained, and support an area of swamps and lakes, which expands and contracts seasonally. The major vegetation types at the site are lowland semi-deciduous forest, lowland evergreen forest and bamboo. Nam Cat Tien is nationally significant for large mammal conservation, supporting populations of Asian Elephant Elephas maximus, Gaur Bos gaurus, Black-shanked Douc Langur Pygathrix nigripes and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle. There are two villages inside the boundary of Cat Tien. The major threats to biodiversity at Cat Tien are conversion of forest land for agriculture, timber extraction, exploitation of non-timber forest products and hunting.

Populations of IBA trigger species

Species Season Period Population estimate Quality of estimate IBA Criteria IUCN Category
Green Peafowl Pavo muticus resident  2002  present  A1  Endangered 
Orange-necked Partridge Arborophila davidi resident  2002  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Germain's Peacock-pheasant Polyplectron germaini resident  2002  present  A1  Near Threatened 
Lesser Adjutant Leptoptilos javanicus resident  2002  present  A1  Vulnerable 
White-shouldered Ibis Pseudibis davisoni resident  2002  present  A1  Critically Endangered 
Grey-faced Tit-babbler Macronous kelleyi resident  2002  1 unknown  good  A2  Least Concern 

Protected areas

Protected area Designation Area (ha) Relationship with IBA Overlap with IBA (ha)  
Bau Sau (Crocodile Lake) Wetlands and Seasonal Floodplains Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar) 13,759 protected area contained by site 13,759  
Cat Tien National Park 73,878 protected area contains site 38,302  

Habitats

IUCN habitat Habitat detail Extent (% of site)
Forest Moist deciduous forest (tropical); Semi-evergreen rain forest (tropical)  64%
Wetlands (inland) Freshwater lakes and pools  5%

Land use

Land-use Extent (% of site)
nature conservation and research 100%

Other biodiversity Nam Cat Tien supports populations of the following globally threatened primate species: Pygmy Loris Nycticebus pygmaeus, Stump-tailed Macaque Macaca arctoides, Pig-tailed Macaque Macaca nemestrina, Long-tailed Macaque Macaca fascicularis, Black-shanked Douc Langur Pygathrix nigripes and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle. Confiscated Rhesus Macaques Macaca mulatta have also been released at the site, but this species would not be expected to occur naturally (Ling 2000). There have also been records of Silvered Langur Trachypithecus cristatus by visitors to the park (Murphy 2001).Nam Cat Tien supports populations of Asian Elephant Elephas maximus and Gaur Bos gaurus (Ling 2000). There are also provisional records of Banteng Bos javanicus but it is unlikely that the site supports a viable population (Murphy 2001).

Protection status Cat Tien National Park consists of three sectors. The Nam Cat Tien sector is located in Tan Phu district, Dong Nai province. The Tay Cat Tien sector is located in Bu Dang district, Binh Phuoc province. The Cat Loc sector is located in Cat Tien and Bao Lam districts, Lam Dong province.Nam Cat Tien was decreed as a protected forest in 1978, and was subsequently upgraded to National Park status. The Tay Cat Tien and Cat Loc sectors were initially separate protected areas. In 1993, an investment plan that proposed combining all three sectors as Cat Tien National Park was completed, but was not approved. In 1997, a revised investment plan for Cat Tien National Park was prepared. This investment plan was approved in 1998.

Further web sources of information 

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) species/site profile. This site has been identified as an AZE due to it containing a Critically Endangered or Endangered species with a limited range.

Site account from Directory of Important Bird Areas in Vietnam: key sites for conservation (Tordoff 2002)

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.Atkins, R. A. and Tentij, M. (1998) The Orange-necked Partridge Arborophila davidi and five other galliforms in two protected areas in southern Vietnam. Amsterdam: Institute of Systematics and Population Biology, University of Amsterdam.Nguyen Tran Vy, Nguyen Hoang Hao, Le Van Tinh and Tran Dinh Hung (2000a) [Distribution of seven pheasant species in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam]. Cat Tien: Cat Tien National Park Management Board.Ling, S. (2000) A survey of wild cattle and other mammals, Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam. Cat Tien: WWF Cat Tien National Park Conservation Project.Eames, J. C., Robson, C. R., Nguyen Cu and Truong Van La (1992) Forest bird surveys in Vietnam 1991. Unpublished report to the International Council for Bird Preservation.Robson, C. R., Eames, J. C., Newman, M., Nguyen Cu and Truong Van La (1990) Forest bird surveys in Vietnam 1989/90. Unpublished report to the International Council for Bird Preservation.Dymond, J. N. (1998) Birds in Vietnam in December 1993 and December 1994. Forktail 13: 7-12.Farnes, R., Smith, T., Beste, H. and Beste, J. (1996) Bird list of Nam Bai Cat Tien National Park. Unpublished list of birds.Polet, G., Tran Van Mui, Nguyen Xuan Dang, Bui Huu Manh and Baltzer, M. (1999) The Javan Rhinos, Rhinoceros sondiacus annamiticus, of Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam: current status and management implications. Pachyderm 27: 34-48.Nguyen Tran Vy, Tran Van Mui and Polet, G. (1999) The 1999 survey on water-related birds in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam. Cat Tien: WWF Cat Tien National Park Conservation Project.Nguyen Tran Vy, Le Hoang Hao. Le Van Tinh and Tran Dinh Hung (2000b) The year 2000 survey of waterfowl in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam. Cat Tien: WWF Cat Tien National Park Conservation Project.Polet, G., Ling, S. and Pham Huu Khanh (2001) Cat Tien National Park. Oriental Bird Club Bulletin 33: 7-14.Nguyen Tran Vy, Nguyen Hoang Hao, Le Van Tinh, Tran Dinh Hung and Nguyen Viet Su (2001a) Pheasant survey in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, 2001. Cat Tien: Cat Tien National Park Conservation ProjectNguyen Tran Vy, Nguyen Hoang Hao, Le Van Tinh, Tran Dinh Hung and Nguyen Viet Su (2001b) Water-related birds survey in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam, 2001. Cat Tien: Cat Tien National Park Conservation ProjectMurphy, D. (2001) Mammal observations in Cat Tien National Park, Vietnam. Cat Tien: WWF Cat Tien National Park Conservation Project.Hornbuckle, J. (1998) Vietnam Trip Report 24 March to 14 April 1998. Unpublished Report on WorldTwitch Internet Website.Chia,A., Lee, K., Owyong, A. & Leng, S. (1999) South Vietnam Bird List - Trip Report. Nature Society Singapore. Unpublished list on Internet.Polet, G. Phan Kuu Khanh (1999) Birds of Cat Tien National Park. Ho Chi Minh City: Ho Chi Minh City Publishing House.

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