與世隔絕 高雄藤枝山區成野生動物孕育搖籃 | Taiwan’s mountainous areas feature rich wildlife

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TAIPEI (The China Post) – The Tengjhih National Forest Recreation Area in Kaohsiung is located between 1,500 and 1,800 metres above sea level. Covered by broad-leaved trees and coniferous forests, the area boasts rich wildlife.

高雄藤枝國家森林遊樂區,海拔高約1,500-1,800公尺,覆蓋著廣袤的天然闊葉樹與針葉樹林,擁有豐富的野生動物資源。

Among the species living in the area, you can see mammals such as the Formosan black bear, Reeves’s muntjac, and macaque, rare birds such as Swinhoe’s pheasant, mountain hawk-eagle, and black eagle, and a wide variety of beautiful insects. All of which have contributed to Taiwan’s popular mid-altitude biodiversity.

像台灣黑熊、山羌、獼猴等哺乳動物與藍腹鷳、熊應、林鵰等珍稀鳥類及種類繁多的美麗昆蟲,是台灣中海拔生物多樣性的熱點。

In 1995, the Endemic Species Research Institute started to carry out long-term monitoring and investigating of insect resources in the area. Over the past 20 years, the research has recorded more than a thousand species, many of which are rare and endemic species in Taiwan.

在1995年時,特有生物研究保育中即著手藤枝地區昆蟲資源長期監測調查,迄今二十餘年,累積紀錄超過一千種,其中許多是台灣珍稀、特有的種類。

Species such as the Atrophaneura horishana, Loepa formosensis, and the Atlas moth, to name just a few, attract domestic and foreign research enthusiasts visiting every year. The area is known as insects’ treasure house in Southern Taiwan.

如曙鳳蝶、黃豹天蠶蛾、皇蛾等,每年吸引眾多國內外研究愛好者到訪,被譽為南台灣的昆蟲寶庫。

As a well-known scenic spot for summer recreation, bird watching, and cherry blossom viewing, it is even dubbed as “the back garden of Kaohsiung.”

藤枝過去是南部休閒避暑、賞鳥賞蝶賞櫻的著名景點,有高雄後花園的美稱。

Unfortunately, in 2009, Typhoon Morakot hit the mountainous area, causing large-scale landslide and forest roads to collapse. Now, vehicles and tourists are forbidden to enter, an important decision which has left a great impact on local tribal tourism.

可惜在2009年因莫拉克颱風重創山區,造成大規模走山,林道多處崩塌,目前一般車輛仍無法通行,遊客也禁止進入,對當地部落觀光旅遊的影響甚鉅。