The forest in Kon Tum saw strange trees, wild animals, strange stream fish, heard strange stories about forest pygmies eating rattan buds.

With high biodiversity and many interesting natural landscapes, in 2004, Chu Mom Ray National Park (in Sa Thay and Ngoc Hoi districts of Kon Tum province) was recognized by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. is the ASEAN Heritage Garden.

And with the perspective of conservation and development, the Heritage Park is exploiting its tourism potential to better protect the biodiversity of Chu Mom Ray National Park.

Seeing and hearing amazing nature

Taking advantage of the weekend, I carried my camera from Ba Rgook village, Sa Son commune, Sa Thay district (Kon Tum province) along with an officer of Chu Mom Ray National Park towards the Rescue and Conservation Center. Organism development (referred to as Center) of the Park to go deep into the forest.

In the rainy season, the trees in Chu Mom Ray forest are full of water and their branches and leaves are lush. Just a few hundred meters into the forest, I heard many types of wild birds flying and chirping as if welcoming guests.

Then the forest fruit fell and rattled along the path because a seed-eating parrot dropped its shells as if they were juggling and playing with guests.

Near the Monkey Waterfall area in Chu Mom Ray National Park, the sounds of monkeys and gibbons calling out to the flock echoed. Along the path to Monkey Waterfall, many acacia trees, wild rambutans, mangoes, wild mulberries… are bearing fruit.

The forest in Kon Tum saw strange trees, wild animals, strange stream fish, heard strange stories about pygmy forest people eating rattan buds.

The road to Monkey Waterfall with strangely shaped ancient forest trees in Chu Mom Ray National Park, located in Sa Thay and Ngoc Hoi districts of Kon Tum province.

Mr. Tran Quoc Tuan, Deputy Director of the Center, said that this small road opening the entrance to Monkey Waterfall was invested by Chu Mom Ray National Park for visitors and scientific research.

Monkey Waterfall was named by the people in the area because this area has many monkeys and gibbons coming to eat fruit, drink water and play around the waterfall. The name became familiar after a long time, so Chu Mom Ray National Park was always named Monkey Waterfall.

Right in the area near Monkey Waterfall, there are many large forest trees that some people cannot hug. I’ve been to Monkey Waterfall many times, but every time I come here, I don’t want to come back out because the air in the forest is fresh and cool. The waterfall is high and beautiful, surrounded by trees. The water foams down from above and is white, compared to fairy hair.

During a time conquering Chu Mom Ray peak, I also witnessed many different ecosystems in the forest and was lucky enough to meet a hornbill (a rare bird) hovering on Chu Mom Ray peak.

Or the time I visited Seven Floor Waterfall, a beautiful natural landscape in Chu Mom Ray National Park, while taking a lunch break at the Ya Tri Forest Protection Management Station, I was treated to a meal by the officials and staff here. forest with snakehead fish in rocky stream.

Rock stream snakehead fish in the forest, the size of an adult’s thumb, cooks rare and delicious wild bamboo shoot soup.

Right in the area near the Center, many years ago, I also saw gaur. At one time, gaurs from Chu Mom Ray National Park pulled herds to graze on Sac Ly hill, near the Ya Book grassland area – a wild animal park in the forest. Many officials in Chu Mom Ray National Park have encountered gaur, tiger footprints and many other rare flora and fauna species.

Create resources to preserve ASEAN natural heritage

According to Mr. Dao Xuan Thuy, Director of Chu Mom Ray National Park, the ASEAN Heritage Park has a natural area of ​​56,257.16 hectares, including 56,249.23 hectares of forest located in the communes of Ro Koi, Sa Nhon, Sa Son, Mo Rai, Sa Thay town (Sa Thay district), Sa Loong, Bo Y, Dak Kan (Ngoc Hoi district).

The survey results showed that in Chu Mom Ray there are 1,895 species (80 rare and precious species), belonging to 184 families and 877 genera. Rare plant species such as Kim Giao, Bamboo Pine, Tram, Rosewood…

Regarding animals, Chu Mom Ray has listed 950 species, belonging to 44 orders, 155 families and 610 genera. Among them, 120 species of mammals, 290 species of birds, 42 species of reptiles, 25 species of amphibians, 108 species of freshwater fish, 365 species of insects (butterflies).

In particular, Chu Mom Ray has 86 rare species recorded in the Red Book of Vietnam and the world. Rare animal species include: gaur, bison, wild buffalo, tiger, leopard, douc langur… Through research, scientists believe that there may also be gray cattle, cat tong deer and deer. Yellow. These are objects of top conservation priority in Vietnam and around the world.

The forest in Kon Tum saw strange trees, wild animals, strange stream fish, heard strange stories about forest pygmies eating rattan buds.

A place to preserve wild orchids at the Center for Conservation and Development, Chu Mom Ray National Park, located in Sa Thay and Ngoc Hoi districts of Kon Tum province.

Through many years of research, officials and employees in Chu Mom Ray National Park also discovered many species of ancient fish in rivers and streams in the forest with strange shapes.

The officials and employees here do not know what these ancient fish species are called. Even ethnic minorities near the Park do not know the names of these ancient fish species, they just call them strange fish.

In particular, the Ro Mam and Gia Rai people in Mo Rai commune (Sa Thay district) living near Chu Mom Ray National Park also tell mysterious stories about short forest people who eat forest rattan buds…

Although the staff and staff in the Park have never seen forest people, when walking in the forest, many officials see traces of forest rattan buds stripped of their bark and tops.

“These vestiges of harvesting rattan buds are very different from people using machetes to cut them or other animals eating rattan buds” – Mr. Ho Dac Thanh, former Director of Chu Mom Ray National Park, once affirmed.

The forest in Kon Tum saw strange trees, wild animals, strange stream fish, heard strange stories about pygmy forest people eating rattan buds.

Gaur at Chu Mom Ray National Park, Kon Tum province.

It is impossible to say enough about biodiversity. From a conservation perspective, in recent years, the Center has planted, protected, and acclimatized many rare plants such as rosewood, rosewood, honeycomb… to preserve diversity. biological forms and serve scientific research purposes.

The center also rescues many types of wild animals such as bears, monkeys, gibbons, pangolins, turtles, monitor lizards… handed in by people and authorities; At the same time, collect, translocate, store, care for and preserve 137 species of wild orchids with more than 2,600 wild orchid substrates.

With the perspective of preserving and developing tourism, the Ya Book grassland area is more than 9,600 hectares in the Park, the Rescue Center preserves and develops creatures along with many landscapes, especially natural waterfalls. , the pinnacle of Chu Mom Ray in the forest is set out in the Project “Development of eco-tourism, resort and entertainment of Chu Mom Ray National Park for the period 2021 – 2030”. This project has been submitted to the People’s Committee of Kon Tum province for consideration.

If this project is approved, Kon Tum province will contribute to preserving and promoting natural landscape values; renovate and maintain traditional cultural and spiritual activities; Maintain ecosystem service values…

The project also exploits the potential and advantages of biodiversity, landscapes, and history associated with the cultural identities of ethnic groups, contributing to creating jobs, increasing income, and improving material and spiritual life. for a segment of people living near forests as well as creating a more sustainable source of income in protecting ASEAN Natural Heritage.