Wildlife 'captured' in rebuilt forest

2016/06/09 12:43:00
Formosan macaques. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

Formosan macaques. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

A forest rebuilt by the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute in Taitung County, southeastern Taiwan, has attracted several animal species, some of which have been captured by motion-activated cameras placed in the area.

Formosan macaques. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

Formosan macaques. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

The rebuilding of the forest, formerly a logging ground dating back to the 1970s, began in 1991, and the institute chose to plant endemic plant species between the Taiwania cypress trees to create biodiversity.

Taiwan serow. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

Taiwan serow. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

The motion-activated cameras, set up in Taitung's Taimali and Jinfong townships, have recorded more than 10 species, proving that the forest rebuilding has been a success.

Swinhoe''s pheasant. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

Swinhoe''s pheasant. (Courtesy of the Taiwan Forestry Research Institute)

The animals include Taiwan serows, crab-eating mongooses, Formosan macaques, yellow-throated martens, Swinhoe's pheasants and several other protected species in Taiwan.

(By Tyson Lu and Kay Liu)

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