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On a survey at Chứa Chan mountain, 100 km northeast off Ho Chi Minh City, in Dong Nai Province in 2010, users of a website about Vietnam’s forest creatures, www.vncreatures.net, discovered a population of 16 of black-shanked douc langurs, scientific name Pygathrix nigripes, including three infants and some that were pregnant. [ more... ]
When the first rain comes and dissipates the muggy atmosphere of the dry season in Southeastern Vietnam, usually in July, thousands species of plants awake from hibernation. [ more... ]
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Relating to James Gordon's interesting article on the July-August, 2011, edition, I can confirm that the cute-voiced _tắc kè _does indeed chant among the cacophony of HCMC’s alleyways. I inhabit the very centre of the city and oft have I lain awake at night enchanted by his call. [ more... ]
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I am at the moment writing a story involving a Reptilian Parliament. The story is sympathetic to lizards. So it was with heightened interest that I observed what I would call the Lizard of Plantation Bungalow 10. But I would put LPB10’s genial behaviour down not necessarily to just a response to the joy I must have exuded at the sight of him/her, of whatever species. [ more... ]
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When I got home to Cà Mau, Vietnam’s wide peninsula in the far south, black catfish were in the yard. [ more... ]
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‘Without a plant carpet on the land surface, about 90 tonnes of earth from one hectare is moved into the lake every year. That is why the lake has been getting shallower and shallower very rapidly and the water is no longer clean and clear’ [ more... ]
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In 2007, Maria (I don’t remember her first name), a Scot, came to Vietnam to study the habits of golden jackals (Canis aureus) for her doctoral thesis in zoology. [ more... ]
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The ability to change colour and appearance to blend with the environment is common. [ more... ]
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Dinh Mount is about 90 km east of Saigon, close to Highway 51, which connects Saigon and Vung Tau, the beach city. [ more... ]
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The leafwing butterfly Kallima inachus, one of the best-known butterfly species in Vietnam, has the ability to disguise itself as a leaf to hide from its enemies. [ 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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