From 25 Sept - 27 Sept, in Dong Thap, the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) will coordinate with the Dong Thap provincial People's Committee to hold a Festival Day in Tram Chim National Park, with the theme "Tram Chim - floating season".
This activity is in the framework of the Program for Biodiversity Conservation, community-based ecotourism development which has been implemented in Dong Thap for almost 10 years.
Since 2007, with a total investment of nearly USD 1.2 million, the program has focused on restoring the natural habitat for rare birds and brought out direct benefits for local people through the development of ecotourism and exploitation of forest resources in a sustainable way. These activities contributed to maintaining wetland environment, conserving rare birds, especially the red-crowned crane – an endangered species listed in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world.
The total area of Tram Chim National Park is more than 7500 ha, housing as many as 200 types of birds which make up ¼ the bird population in Vietnam. Some of these birds have been put in the Red Book for a long time. The most typical and most well-known one is the Red-crown Crane, one of the last 15 crane pieces in the world. Normally, a crane has a height of more than 1.7 m, gray feathers, long neck, red head and wide wings. Unlike other types of bird in the region, these cranes only find food on land. During the rainy season when the level of water in Dong Thap rise continuously, they have to look for food in other places. Thus, you can only see these birds there from December to June.
The Tram Chim National Park has been renovated and invested by the government to become a natural museum and an attractive eco-tourism site. Many international preservation organizations have also sponsored to help protecting the rare and valuable birds there.