Located in Hong Son Doong in Vietnam, the world largest cave is still a baby when it comes to natural history. And in a bid to save it, environmentalists are scrambling to find development company set on thrusting a cable car into its depths.
Though not a tiny pin, the mammoth cave was first discovered in 1991, lost, but found again in 2009. The cave is a complete world of its own with its separate ecosystem: own jungle, ecosystem and river.
One might need to visit this heritage site located in Phong Nha-Ke Bang national park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Son Doong stretches more than 5.5 miles underground, reaches heights of 650 feet.
In 2014, a group of local activists helped stave off a proposal to build a $212 million, 6.5 mile-long cable car throughout Phong Nha-Ke Bang park that would traverse parts of Son Doong. The announcement drew widespread condemnation despite assurances from the cable car company, Sun Group, that it would be an environmentally friendly way to view the park that’d bring “thousands of jobs for the poor local people.”
Before going to Son Donng, a voyage to different natural history sites in Nigeria such as Oke-Igbeti in Oyo State and Ife Natural History Museum won’t be a wasted journey.