Ca Mau adds fauna to global biosphere reserve

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Seafood breeds were cast into the sea and animals released into the forest as an enriching activity last Saturday after UNESCO recognized Ca Mau Cape a global biosphere reserve.


The U Minh Ha National Park received 11 endangered pangolins (anteaters), 10 turtles, a civet cat, 17 snakes of different rare species, 100 pythons and more than 40 kilograms of different fish species.


The fish and pythons were taken from around the province while other animals were given by the Ho Chi Minh City Forest Management Department.


The animals are expected to diversify the park population as the indigo forest habitat suits them, officials said.


At the Ca Mau Cape National Park, officials cast 1.1 million prawn breed in a bid to restore natural seafood sources and released 16 long-tailed monkeys to develop the endangered monkey population in the mangrove forest area.


Vietnam's southernmost Ca Mau Cape spans over 371,000 hectares.


UNESCO recognized the cape as a global biosphere reserve, along with the Cham Islands off the central coast of Hoi An Town.


Studies by the provincial Department of Science and Technology have revealed an unusually high amount of biodiversity at the newly recognized reserve.


The Ca Mau Cape National Park is home to 87 animal species, including the endangered long-tailed monkey and the silver langur.


The  U Minh Ha National Park in the province is home to seven reptile and three animal species listed in Vietnam's Red Book of endangered species. It is also home to two reptile species and one other animal species in the international Red Book.


The park includes more than 6,000 hectares of a peat reserve dating back thousands of years.


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