Exploring wildlife in Son Tra Nature Reserve

Son Tra,Da Nang,Vietnam

Intact ecosystems are vital for any beings. Son Tra Nature Reserve is a natural oxygen manufacturer and clean water resources for Danang and a privilege. Not many urban cities have this luxury. Three sides of the Reserve are bordering the sea while and the 4th side is offering spectacular views of Danang. Son Tra Nature Reserve is the ultimate definition of harmony between man and nature.

Being the only remaining coastal rainforest in Vietnam, Son Tra is the most viable stronghold for the endemic red-shanked douc langur , a species that could face extinction in the near future without proper conservation efforts.In a world where adequate appreciation towards the natural environment is decreasing, Son Tra’s educational values for the community become more evident than ever.

This program is organized and guided by knowledgeable experts in the field and will open up an opportunity for visitors to discover wildlife in Son Tra and its values with a focus on the red-shanked douc langurs conservation.

• Disclaimer: for bookings of 1-2 persons, transportation will be by motorbike. You will be sitting at the back of the expert's motorbike, which is actually the best way to enjoy view of Son Tra. For bookings of 3 people and more, transportation will be by car.


Inclusion
  • Transportation from Green Viet to observatory points
  • Binocular and Telescope (returned to experts after trip)
  • English-speaking expert escorting guests
  • Drinking water during trip
Highlight
  • See and count members of macaques and douc langurs family and many other wildlife
  • Learn about langurs’ feeding behavior through observing leaf, seed and even ...feces along the street
  • Participants will visit the natural habitat of Son Tra’s wild animals
  • Learn what makes Son Tra a unique habitat and how it support species like the douc langurs
  • A common understanding of the current situation and a self-drawn conclusion of what should be done to protect the nature
USD per guest
* You can choose to do the tour either in the morning or in the afternoon. Order of stops might vary between morning programs and afternoon programs. Meeting point is GreenViet’s office (a pinpoint of exact location will be sent with our confirmation email) Morning 6.00 AM. Pick up 6.00 AM – 6.30 AM. Travelling to Son Tra On the way: Introducing guides, tour agenda and some regulations for visitors 6.30 AM – 7.00 AM. First observation point – TIEN SA Introducing Son Tra Nature Reserve, its habitat and the importance of Son Tra forest Observing a douc family (if any - 80% of chance) 7.00 AM – 7:30 AM. Second observation point – TREKKING TRAIL - Introducing the structure of douc families, their home ranges, main food, biological traits and habits. - Quick info session about other animals inhabiting in the area (if seen), e.g. yellow monkeys, snakes, eagles, etc. - Talking about the current status of Douc conservation and the role of “green bridge” (Douc’s bridge) - Enjoying the walk on Son Tra in the fresh morning air (app. 1 -2km) 7.30 AM – 8.00 AM. Third observation point – SUOI OM FOREST - Introducing some typical flora, especially douc’s food and of other animals: white meranti, wood fern, etc. - Enjoying the walk in the forest (app. 1 - 2km) 8.00 AM – 8.30 AM. Fourth observation point - ABANDONED U.S HELICOPTER LANDING ZONE - Get some rest while contemplating the overview of Da Nang city from above 8.30 AM – 9.00 AM. Conclusion on the tour. Travelling back to the city
3.30 PM. Pick up 3.30 PM – 4.00 PM. Travelling to Son Tra by 16-seat bus On the way: Introducing guides, tour agenda and some regulations for visitors 4.00 PM – 4.20 PM. First observation point - ABANDONED U.S HELICOPTER LANDING ZONE - Introducing Son Tra Nature Reserve, its habitat and the importance of Son Tra forest - Get some rest while contemplating the overview of Da Nang city from above 4.20 AM – 5.15 AM. Second observation point – GREEN BRIDGE No. 1 - Observing and introducing the flora system in Son Tra - Introducing the fauna system and how it is affected by the distribution of the flora system. - Walking under the green shades of Son Tra forest (app. 1 - 2km) 5.15 PM – 6:00 PM. Third observation point – TREKKING TRAIL - Introducing the structure of douc families, their home ranges, main food, biological traits and habits. - Quick info session about other animals inhabiting in the area (if seen), e.g. yellow monkeys, snakes, eagles, etc. - Observing a douc family (if any - 80% of chance), learn how to distinguish member’s roles in one douc family. - Talking about the current status of Douc conservation and the role of “green bridge” (Douc’s bridge) - Enjoying the walk on Son Tra (app. 1 - 2km)
6.00 PM – 6.30 PM. Conclusion on the tour. Travelling back to the city

Raising awareness

Thanks to its ease of access and vicinity, it takes just 30 minutes for visitors to travel to this primary forest reserve and dive into a new world. Improved community awareness for visitors and locals alike is giving momentum for further intensive protection and education programs aiming at local behavioral change and conservation.

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Environmental Conservation