Vietnam plans second safari park near Da Lat

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A jungle in Lam Dong Province which has been planned as a site for a safari park. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre A jungle in Lam Dong Province which has been planned as a site for a safari park. Photo credit: Tuoi Tre

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Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands has announced a plan to build a 490-hectare safari park to boost tourism.
Le Van Huong, director of the national park Bidoup in the province, said at a meeting Friday it is cooperating with local travel firm Dalat Tourist to set up Highland Safari in Lac Duong Province, north of the resort town Da Lat.
The company will foot 65 percent of the cost of VND1 trillion (US$45 million) and the rest will come from the state budget, Huong said, as cited by Tuoi Tre newspaper.
The first phase of the project will complete in 2020, placing rare animals in natural conditions with human care, he said.
He said experts from Austria and Singapore are being consulted.
Doan Van Viet, chairman of the province, said at the meeting that the project is expected to earn around VND300 billion by drawing 1.2 million visitors every year.
The Ministry of Investment and Planning has approved funding for the project, which if seen through will be the second safari park in Vietnam.
Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc of 500 hectares opened last December with around 3,000 animals of 150 species including those imported from South America and Africa.
The park was not launched smoothly as there were allegations that a large number of animals died after being transported there. The investor, Vietnamese conglomerate Vingroup, has denied them.

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