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This IBA is centred on A Yun Pa proposed nature reserve, which is located in a low mountainous area of the Central Highlands that lies between the much higher Da Lat and Kon Tum plateaus to the north and south. The proposed nature reserve supports 40,120 ha of natural forest, equivalent to 91% of the total area. A Yun Pa proposed nature reserve is a nationally important site for the conservation of Green Peafowl Pavo muticus. The major threats to biodiversity at the site are hunting and trapping of wildlife and selective timber extraction. The gentle topography, wide stream valleys and open forest structure of the proposed nature reserve facilitate access to even the most remote areas.
A Yun Pa proposed nature reserve is a nationally important site for the conservation of Green Peafowl Pavo muticus. A recent study of the habitat requirements of Green Peafowl in Dak Lak province revealed that the species occurs at highest densities in deciduous forest within 2 km of permanent water and greater than 2 km from permanent human settlement (Brickle et al., 1998). A Yun Pa proposed nature reserve contains 16,070 ha of this habitat, compared with 12,300 ha at Yok Don National Park. Therefore, assuming that relative abundances of Green Peafowl are comparable between the two sites, A Yun Pa proposed nature reserve can be considered to be at least as important for the conservation of Green Peafowl.
Non-bird biodiversity: Three globally threatened species of vascular plant have been recorded at A Yun Pa: Dipterocarpus baudii, Psychotria condorensis and Cycas micholitzii.Asiatic Black Bear Ursus thibetanus, Tiger Panthera tigris and Malayan Porcupine Hystrix brachyura have been recorded at A Yun Pa on the basis of interviews and remains.Three threatened primate species have been recorded at A Yun Pa proposed nature reserve on the basis of interviews with local people: Long-tailed Macaque Macaca fascicularis, Douc Langur Pygathrix nemaeus ssp and Yellow-cheeked Crested Gibbon Nomascus gabrielle. Additionally, remains provisionally identified as being of a Douc Langur were observed in a hunter's house in Ia Tul commune. Based on the descriptions of local hunters and the known distributions of Douc Langur subspecies, it was impossible to determine conclusively whether the subspecies occurring at A Yun Pa is Black-shanked Douc Langur P. n. nigripes or Grey-shanked Douc Langur P. n. cinereus (Tran Quang Ngoc et al., 2001). Southern Serow Naemorhedus sumatraensis has also been recorded at A Yun Pa proposed nature reserve on the basis of interviews, and remains in a hunter's house.
BirdLife International (2022) Important Bird Areas factsheet: A Yun Pa. Downloaded from http://www.birdlife.org on 05/10/2022.