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December 2011

December 2011
The Road to wildlife Conservation
A sweet and comfortable home is not just what every human being wants and pursues, but perhaps also what all wild animals wish for and dream of. To protect and preserve a healthy natural environment in which wildlife could grow in quantity has been one of the major aims of Taiwan's national parks. Since the first was founded in 1984, each of the eight national parks has been taking advantage of its own characteristics in ecological resources and striving for the conservation and restoration of the wild animals in Taiwan.

This winter issue of National Park Quarterly will briefly review the history of the wildlife conservation efforts by Taiwan’s national parks. We’ll tell the stories about how the parks and conservation experts have saved those once endangered animals from extinction, and how policy-makers and managers of conservation should endeavor to help maintain a harmonious relationship between humans and those protected species which have successfully proliferated on this island.

In Brilliant People, let’s follow Daniel Lien, the organizer of the World’s Seven Summits expedition project, to the mountain peaks to feel about his courage and philosophy toward life. On another front, the Atayal weaving artist Yuma Taru will share with us how her adult life have been interwoven with the renaissance of Atayal weaving. Or you may be interested in hearing about some valuable knowledge of mountaineering in a distinguished conference in Yushan National Park, or relishing some vivid pictures and films by the eco-photographer Chieh-te Liang. And don’t miss the exchange trip to South Africa, the Rainbow
Nation, for some good learning about conservation experience. Nor will you want to skip the tours to those urban oases, the metropolitan parks across Taiwan.

While the celebration of the R.O.C. centennial is coming to an end, this December issue of NPQ is just about to give you an eyeful.