The Can Gio area once supported natural mangrove forest but this was almost fully destroyed by herbicides during the Second Indochina War. Between 1978 and 1986, the area was reforested with mangrove under the direction of Duyen Hai Forest Enterprise. A management board for Can Gio Biosphere Reserve was established on 30 August 2000.
Just 2-hour drive by car to the southeast of Ho Chi Minh city is Can Gio Which habitat types found at Can Gio are plantation mangrove, of which there is about 20,000 ha, and naturally regenerating mangrove, of which there is about 7,000 ha.
At Can Gio mangrove biosphere reserve have been recorded around 700 aquatic organisms, 137 fishes, 220 plants, 130 birds.
The intertidal mudflats and sandbanks at the biosphere reserve are an important habitat for migratory shorebirds. Wood Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Lesser Sand Plover and Black-winged Stilt are common on this site. In addition, several globally threatened and near-threatened waterbird species have been recorded at the Can Gio mangrove, including Spotted Greenshank, Asian Dowitcher, Spot-billed Pelican and Painted Stork. Consequently, Can Gio qualifies as an Important Bird Area
Birds highlight of Can Gio Mangrove
Asian Dowitcher, Spot-billed Pelican, Painted Stork, Nordmann's Greenshank, Spoon-billed Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint…
The good time for visiting Can Gio is from Dec to the end of Mar when the migratory shorebirds come to this site for wintering. For birding and bird photography you should look in deep on the tide of the ocean when the low-tide most of wader birds will stay in the mudflats or salt pan when the high-tide birds will feeding in the intertidal mudflats.