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Forestry Bureau sets up Formosan macaque tours

By Jason Pan  /  Staff writer, with CNA

A baby Formosan macaque climbs its mother’s back at the Songboling Recreational Area in Changhua County’s Ershuei Township on Saturday.

Photo: CNA

The Forestry Bureau is inviting the public to experience the Formosan macaque, also known as the Formosan rock monkey, through a series of one-day workshops and outdoor walks to observe the indigenous primate species in its natural habitat.

Twenty workshops are to be divided by age, for students in grade schools and high schools, while some are reserved for parents accompanying their children.

Managed by the Formosan Macaque Education Exhibition Hall at Ershuei Township (二水) in Changhua County, the program is in a hilly forest area with a thriving population of several hundred monkeys.

Bureau officials said that the warm spring of April with flowers blossoming is the best time for the public to see the monkeys in the wilderness.

“The conservation of nature and protection of wild animals can be done daily. Through organized programs and activities, the public can get in closer touch with our natural environment and its ecosystems. Thus people are able to better understand the conservation programs now under way,” said Nantou Forest District Office director Chang Tai (張岱), who is supervising the exhibition.

He said it is important for the public to learn the “three don’ts” of the Formosan macaque conservation effort: “Don’t feed, don’t touch and don’t interfere.”

Chang said that the workshops for students educate through games, lectures on the monkeys and outdoor excursions to visit the animals.

In the family program, the excursion will have a one-hour session with monkeys along forest trails, educational tours of the area’s railroad culture, a visit to a beekeeper’s farm, and stopover points to showcase key local industries.

Visit the bureau’s official Web site at nantou.forest.gov.tw for more information.

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