JavaScript is off. Please enable to view full site.

​​Tourist area at Da Lat’s famous waterfall accused of mistreating animals

Tuesday, June 19, 2018, 17:33 GMT+7

The animals are kept in poor conditions

A tourist area at a popular waterfall in Da Lat, a resort town in Lam Dong Province in Vietnam’s Central Highlands, has been accused of mistreating wild animals.

A post denouncing the managers of the tourist area at the Prenn Waterfall, located about 10 kilometers from Da Lat City, for keeping various wildlife in poor conditions has recently gone viral on social media.

“A monkey had his neck chained to a pole so that visitors could feed and take photos with him,” the post stated. “Several tigers and a bear were locked inside small cages while tourists were allowed to go near. The bear had a wounded eye.”

After being notified of the post, a team of officers from the provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the provincial forest protection unit conducted an inspection of the venue on Thursday.

According to Pham Van Huy, deputy head of the Lam Dong forest protection unit, the facility holds legitimate documents for the origins of the animals.

They have a license for raising most of the species there, Huy said, adding that the bear had been implanted with a microchip, as per the law.

However, the tourist area is not permitted to raise tigers, the officials stated.

“The owner did ask for permission, but competent authorities have not made a decision on the matter due to more complicated procedures regarding endangered animals,” Huy elaborated.

The facility also failed to report the condition of the bear with an injured eye, as per regulations.

Inspectors did admit that the animals were being kept in poor conditions, calling it an unacceptable situation for any major tourist destination in Da Lat.

However, they stated that the animals had not been physically harmed.

Vu Van Minh, director of the tourist center, admitted that there are shortcomings in how they keep the animals, stating that improvements will be made to the cages.

“As for the bear, we have been raising it for over 15 years. One of its eyes was already blinded before being brought to our facility,” Minh added.

TUOI TRE NEWS

More

Read more

Vietnamese, Philippine navies join exchange in Truong Sa archipelago

The naval forces of Vietnam and the Philippines that are respectively stationed on Song Tu Tay (Southwest Cay) and Song Tu Dong (Northeast Cay) Islands, parts of the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago, joined in their first-ever naval personnel interaction on Sunday

6 years ago

Heat, up to 40°C, to ease in days in southern Vietnam

The heat wave throughout Vietnam, reaching up to 40 degrees Celsius in the north, will continue before cooling in the latter half of the week, the National Hydro-Meteorological Forecasting Center has said.

6 years ago
;

Photos

VIDEOS

Experience summer sand-boarding in Mui Ne

Sand-boarding, a popular activity amongst local children in the coastal tourism town of Mui Ne in south-central Vietnam, is attracting hundreds of tourists to the Red Sand Dunes

Young maple trees given better protection as Hanoi enters rainy season

The trees are currently growing well, with green leaves and healthy branches.

Hunting skinks for food in southern Vietnam

Skink meat is known to be soft, tasty, and highly nutritious.

Vietnamese-made app allows people to grow real veggies via smartphone

Nguyen Thi Duyen, a young engineer in Hanoi, developed the app and its related services to help busy people create their own veggie gardens.

Chinese tourists hit by Vietnamese over dine and dash

Four Chinese were reportedly injured, with one having a broken arm.

Latest news