Bach Ma National Park boasts diverse ecosystem
Bach Ma National Park is approximately 50km south of Hue City. It has a temperate climate much like that of Dalat, Sapa and Tam Dao. However, since it is located so close to the sea, the temperature in winter never goes below 4°C (39.2°F) and the highest temperature in summer never exceeds 26°C (79°F).
Surveys conducted last year show that Bach Ma has an especially diversecomposition of bat species compared to other Vietnamese reserves, with59 species recorded (not including some other unidentified specimens).Eight of its species appear in Vietnam’s Red Book 2000, and five arelisted in the International Union for Conservation of Nature andNatural Resources (IUCN) red list of threatened animals 2000.
Among these species, the long sella horseshoe bat (Rhinolophus paradox-olophus) has only about five populations, with at most only from 150 to 250 bats per population. Captured bats include a Thais evening bat (Thainycteris aureocollaris), recorded only for the second time in Vietnam. Scientists first recorded this species in 1999 in southern Vietnam.