Established as Vietnam’s first national park in 1962, Cuc Phuong covers 86 sq miles (223 sq km) of largely primary tropical forest, and is home to an impressive variety of fauna, including over 100 species each of mammals and reptiles, and more than 300 types of birds. The park is also famous for its range of flora, which includes soaring 1,000-year-old trees and medicinal plants. One of the main highlights at the park is the Endangered Primate Rescue Center, which cares for animals rescued from hunters, promotes breeding and conservation programs, and also rehabilitates endangered primates for release into the wild. Home to many species of langur, gibbon, loris, and other primates, the center is a great place to see these animals at close range. Cuc Phuong has excellent trekking opportuni ties and many attrac tions such as waterfalls, a botanical garden, and nearby Muong villages that offer overnight stays.