U Minh Thuong Nature Reserve
U Minh Thuong, Viet Nam
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U Minh Thuong National Park or Upper U Minh National Park (Vietnamese language: Vườn quốc gia U Minh Thượng) is a national park in the province of Kiên Giang, Vietnam.
It was established according to decision number 11/2002/QĐ-TTg, dated 14 January 2002, signed by then[clarification needed]Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyễn Tấn Dũng. This decision turned the U Minh Thuong Nature Reserve into U Minh Thuong National Park.
The park covers approximately 80.53 km2 (30 square miles) with the nearest city being Rạch Giá[clarification needed]
U Minh Thuong National Park is widely considered the richest region in terms of plant and animal life in the Mekong delta. It boasts of over 243 species plant. The park has a rich mammalian population, totaling an impressive 32 species, which includes hairy-nosed otters and fishing cats. U Minh Thuong National Park is a haven for rare and endangered birds. A total of 187 birds have been recorded here, including the oriental darter, spot-billed pelican, black-headed ibis, glossy ibis, greater spotted eagle and Asian golden weaver. There are also a total of 39 amphibian species and 34 species of fish in the park.
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