The management board of Tram Chim National Park in the southern province of Dong Thap has just released into the park 10 wild animals, some of which are rare species.

Among the animals, which were rescued elsewhere by the Wildlife Rescue Centre in Ho Chi Minh City, there are four Asian small-clawed otters (Aonyx cinerea), two leopard cats (Prionailurus bangalensis) and one king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah), all listed in Group IB (strictly banned from commercial exploitation and use) in Vietnam’s Red Book of endangered species.

In addition to the animals, the park management, in coordination with the aquatic resource management centre of Tam Nong district, released 10,000 fish fry into ponds in the park.

Established in 1985, the 7,313-hectare Tram Chim became a national park in 1998 and then the fourth Ramsar site in Vietnam in 2012.

The park’s plentiful green vegetation is inhabited by more than 130 species of higher plants featuring six main types of floristic societies.

Water life in the park is also bustling seeing the presence of over 150 species of freshwater fish, with some listed in Vietnam’s Red Book like clown feather-back fish, common archerfish and giant barbs, nearly 180 algae species, 26 epifauna species, 350 species of plankton and 34 species of amphibian.

Tram Chim is home to 198 bird species, including 16 rare ones such as red-headed cranes, black-faced spoonbills, black eagles, great-billed herons and spotted-billed pelicans. It was recognised as an important bird sanctuary in Vietnam.-VNA