Cat Tien is located in three provinces of Dong Nai, Lam Dong and Binh Phuoc in the South of Vietnam, approximately 150km north of Ho Chi Minh City. It covers an area of 720 square meters and protects one of the largest areas of lowland tropical rainforests left in Vietnam.
Cat Tien National Park consists of two adjacent segments, separated by agricultural land:
- Cat Loc is in the north
- Nam Cat Tien – which contains the Park Center and is most often visited
The park includes evergreen tropical and deciduous forests, dominated by Dipterocarpaceae, Fabaceae and Lythraceae with 40% of the park comprising bamboo woodland, and the remaining 10% farmland, wetlands and grassland. Though some species used to live here are reported to be extinct, Cat Tien is still home to 40 IUCN Red List species and protect around 30% of Vietnam’s species. However, it is threatened seriously by encroachment from local communities, illegal logging and poaching.
The Dao Tien Endangered Primate Species Centre was founded in 2008 with the main purpose on the rescue, rehabilitation and release of four endangered primates found in Cat Tien (golden-cheeked gibbon, black-shanked douc, pygmy loris and silvered langur), developing Government guidelines for release of primates. The center operates informative daily educational tours explaining the center’s work, with a chance to see young rehabilitated gibbons in the trees.