Cuc Phuong: An Introduction
Cuc Phuong National Park was Vietnam’s first National Park, being given protected status in 1962 by Ho Chi Minh, who was keen to remind his people of the need for conservation of the environment. It is home to over 300 species of birds, 1880 species of fauna, some of Vietnam’s rarest wildlife, and thousands of species of flora. Many large animals such as panthers and bears make Cuc Phuong their home, although today they are rarely seen. Visitors are, however, more likely to see monkeys, gibbons, flying squirrels and pheasants in their natural habitats. The park is also home to endangered primate species like the Delacour’s Langur, Golden-headed Langur, Tonkin Snub-nosed Langur and Black Crested Gibbon.
One can visit in a day from Hanoi, the journey taking just 2 hours by car, or you may choose to stay overnight, in National Park lodgings. As well as walking the many trails and paths, you can visit a large network of limestone caves where remains of mankind dating back 12000 years have been found. The Endangered Primate Rescue Centre, Turtle Conservation Centre and Small Carnivore Conservation Centre are research centres vital for the breeding, rehabilitation and preservation of animals rescued from poachers.
Vietnam's National Parks, for so many years neglected and underfunded, are now really coming into their own. The level of guide expertise is as good as anywhere we've been in Asia and there is an unmistakable passion for the job they are doing.