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Vietnam Diversity

From its tropical forests to its mountains and coral reefs, Vietnam is home to an amazing diversity of plants and animals — including many species found nowhere else in the world. It’s also the most culturally diverse country in Southeast Asia, with more than 50 different ethnic groups, each with its own language. Internationally Isolated for much of the 20th century, Vietnam is now a fascinating destination for biologists, anthropologists and tourists alike — and changing fast. 

Support for the development of Science Topics was generously provided by Sidney and Helaine Lerner, GRACE Communications Foundation.

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Amphibians and Reptiles of Mainland Southeast Asia

Discovering reptile and amphibian diversity to enhance conservation throughout Southeast Asia.

Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Rites of Passage

Vietnam Educator's Guide Activity: Rites of Passage

This activity, created to accompany the museum's Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind & Spirit exhibition, takes a look at rites of passage.

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Biodiversity Science in Vietnam

Vietnam harbors an astonishing range of habitats, from rain forests and dry forests to mangroves and coral reefs, and is home to an unusually rich array of plants and animals.

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Eleanor Sterling Blogs from Vietnam for The New York Times

Over the next few weeks, Eleanor Sterling, director of the Center for Biodiversity and Conservation (CBC) at the American Museum of Natural History, will blog from a remote mountain in Vietnam as she and colleagues look for a highly endangered primate, the grey-shanked douc (Pygathrix cinerea).

Vietnam: Journeys of Gods, Family and Ancestors

Journeys of Gods, Family and Ancestors

For the Kinh, the Hoa (Chinese) and some other ethnic groups living in Vietnam, the year's journey begins with Tet, the lunar New Year.

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Journeys of Heroes and Dieties

Large and exuberant festivals in honor of local gods are central to village life among the Kinh majority in Vietnam.

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Surveying Vietnam

Will Vietnam's biodiversity vanish faster than biologists can document it?

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Journeys Through Time and Space

In Vietnam most people are farmers, and most farmers grow rice. Fish contribute significantly to both the diet and the economy.

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Biological and Cultural Diversity in Vietnam

Vietnam is said to be one of the most ethnically diverse countries in South East Asia, with 54 recognized ethnic minorities. It's also world renowned for its high rates of diversity and unique species. Take a closer look.

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Discovering Vietnam's Ethnic Diversity

This interactive article, created to accompany the museum's Vietnam: Journeys of Body, Mind, & Spirit exhibition, gives students a look at the country's ethnic diversity.

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Small Mammals of Mainland Southeast Asia

Uncovering the little known diversity of bats, rodents, and insectivores of Vietnam and Laos.

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Discovering Vietnam's Biodiversity

Now that peace has firmly taken hold in Vietnam, scientific research is flourishing once again. Meet some of the country's diverse animal and plant life, including many rare and endangered species.

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Journeys of Life and Death

If life is a journey, passage rites—-initiations, weddings and funerals—are the way stations that signal transitions from one stage to the next.

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