Click here - for a list of mammals found in the Park
        - prepared by staff and academic visitors.


At least 25% of the world's mammal species are at risk of extinction, with Asian primates particularly at risk. The IUCN survey, reported by the BBC, observes that the biggest threat to mammals is loss of habitat, including deforestation. The need for sanctuaries, in places such as Cat Tien has become vital ...

Although the park was well known for its small population of Javan rhinoceros, which had been recorded by automatic cameras in the Cat Loc (northern) segment of the park, sadly these are now almost certainly extinct.


Gibbons, including the golden (= yellow) cheeked gibbons (N. gabriellae) - article and black-crested gibbons (Nomascus concolor). Dao Tien island in the Dong Nai River has become the site of an important new ape rehabilitation centre.

This is one of the few locations where douc Langurs are still recorded. The best way to conserve many of these species is to maintain a health forest eco-system including wild fruits for food.

leaf monkeys (such as the silvery langur)

pygmy slow loris

crab-eating macaques

The forest provides a refuge for a number of other threatened or unusual species including:

Asian elephant: are most commonly encountered in SW areas where they migrate to/from the adjacent Dong Nai Culture and Nature Reserve.

Sun bears are found in the Park: claw-marks on trees can be found on a number of trees (especially where they have been searching for honey). Asian black bears (right) are rehabilitated near the Park HQ, but there is doubt concerning their original status in the park itself.

Deer including: sambar, mouse deer and Indian muntjac (barking deer) are commonly encountered on night tours. Other commonly seen mammals include:

Gaur (below), the largest species of wild cattle, may be seen - nowadays usually in the south of the park: most commonly by encountering footprints.

Tiger and leopards have been recorded, but there have been no recent sightings, although clouded leopards may still be found.

There are also records of kouprey, banteng and wild water buffalo in the reserve (but the status of these is also very dubious).





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updated: 21 December 2020 

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