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Agarwood, aloeswood, eaglewood, jinkoh and gaharu are all names for the world’s most valuable incense. In the past, old growth tropical rain forest trees were indiscriminately cut to find the resin, which was usually hidden within the centre of only a few old trees. [ more... ]
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There are more than 10 species of Green pigeons, such as Thick-billed Green Pigeon (Treron curvirostra), Pin-tailed Green Pigeon (Treron apicauda) and Pink-necked Green Pigeon (Treron vernans griseicappila Schelegel or Treron vernans). [ more... ]
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Alongside plants that absorb sunlight energy, there exist those that feed on flesh. Carnivorous plants are distributed throughout the world, especially in arid places with harsh climates and soil conditions. [ more... ]
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The Cu Chi Wildlife Rescue Station in Ho Chi Minh City plays a crucial role in the preservation of Vietnam’s endangered wildlife. Treaties and laws allow police and the Forestry Department to seize protected animals from smugglers. But someone must then take care of these animals if they are to recover from the experience. [ more... ]
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Among the lizards, the Agamidae family include species with long legs and long toes, which it possible for them _to move fast on the ground; some species have skin that connects their front legs to the hind ones so they can glide. [ more... ]
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Compared to ‘flying flowers’, in nature, the insect is the group with the largest population. Lots of species have been named but many have not been discovered, published or named. The following are some spectacular species to be found in Vietnam. [ more... ]
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Hổ Quyền (hổ, here, means tiger and quyền boxing) arena, four kilometres southwest of Hue, was for elephant and tiger fights to entertain Emperor and staff. [ more... ]
In the central province of Nghe An, there has been a craze for hunting sparrows because drinking their blood raw and eating their flesh cooked have been thought to promote sexual strength and health. [ more... ]
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Trang advised we leave our motorbikes at the park and take a taxi in order to look more professional. We were checking on a case in Danang, in Central Vietnam, early one morning last April. It had been reported to the Forest Protection Department (FPD) a year before, but nothing had happened. [ more... ]
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The great hornbill (Buceros bicornis) is the biggest member of the Bucerotidae family. It lives in semitropical forests in India, Southeast Asia and southern China. It is a big bird with a massive and colourful bill. In Vietnamese it is called chim hồng hoàng or chim mỏ sừng, (chim = bird, hồng = pink, hoàng = regal, mỏ = beak, sừng = horn). [ more... ]
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Following the tunes (“Spring comes to Muong Hum hamlet high up the mountains with heart-rocking distant singing…” ) of talented composer Nguyen Tai ...
In the heart of the darkness of Saigon's backpacker land,ambling along down raucous Bui Vien Street and wishing I had not come out without my ear ...
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