Green World Ecological Farm

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Green World Ecological Farm
Pelicans of Green World Ecological Farm
Date opened 1 May 2004
Location Hsinchu City, Taiwan
Coordinates 24°41′57″N 121°04′02″E / 24.6993°N 121.0671°E / 24.6993; 121.0671Coordinates: 24°41′57″N 121°04′02″E / 24.6993°N 121.0671°E / 24.6993; 121.0671
Land area 70 ha (170 acres)
Number of species 2,250
Annual visitors 800,000
Website www.green-world.com.tw

Green World Ecological Farm (Chinese: 綠世界生態農場; pinyin: Lǜ Shìjiè Shēngtài Nóngchǎng) is a theme park in Hsinchu City, Taiwan that focuses on ecological education.[1]

Covering 70 hectares (170 acres), the park includes an educational farm, a house, a zoo, and a botanical garden that occupies about 173 acres (70 ha) and hosts over 2,000 species of plants and animals. Green World is divided into six themed areas: Discovery Land, Bird Ecological Park, Butterfly Ecological Park, Water Plants Park, Biodiversity Adventure Area, and the Swan Lake Area. Around 800,000 visitors are estimated to visit the park every year.[citation needed]

The park claims to preserve most of the site's original landscapes and habitats and to have been built according to ecological engineering methods.[2]

Although the name suggests that Green World is an ecological farm, it does not strictly follow the definition of ecological farming or produce any type of food. The park also serves as an accredited animal sanctuary for wounded or abandoned animals.

History[edit]

The Bird Park Entrance of Green World Ecological Farm

Green World is an ecological farm[note 1] run by Amazon World Co. Ltd. The construction of the park started in 1999 and finished in 2004. It received a Taiwan Leisure Farm License[note 2][3] from the Council of Agriculture on January 13, 2004. The farm was officially opened to the public on May 1, 2004, originally with five of its six themed areas ("theme parks"). In July 2007, the sixth themed area, the Biodiversity Adventure Area, was opened.

Themed areas[edit]

Macaws in Green World

Green World is composed of six themed areas. These themed areas are called "theme parks (主題公園)," and, though similar, are not equivalent to theme parks.

Alpaca Walking Hour in Green World Ecological Farm
Fruit time for parrots in Green World Ecological Farm
  • Discovery Land
Includes: Lovely Animal Area, Sportive Plants Area, Taiwan Native Fern Area, Orchid Land (Taiwan Native Orchid / World Orchid), Air Plants Area, Herbs Area, Cactus & Succulent Green House, Amazon Rainforest Area, Magic Seeds Area, Carnivorous Plants Area, Rainforest Café, Porcupine Home, and the Poisonous Plants Area.
  • Bird Ecological Park
Home to over 100 species of birds, including: Macaw, Bird of Paradise, Great Curassow, Blue-crowned Pigeon, Green Touraco, Channel-Billed Toucan, Toco Toucan, Golden Pheasant, Vulturine Guineafowl, Wood Duck, Emerald Dove, Violet Turaco, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Red-and-yellow Barbet, Taiwan Sibia, Finch-billed Bulbul and Eclectus Parrot.
  • Butterfly Ecological Park
Includes: Insect World, Insect Interactive Zone, Beetles Area, Butterfly Breeding Room, Outdoor Butterflies Path, Outdoor Butterflies Garden and the Aquatic Insects Area.
  • Water Plants Park
Includes: Water Plants Area (collection of 506 species of native and world water plants), International Conference Center, Landscape Toilet II & IV, Bees Museum, Waterplants Café, Tropical Curio Shop, Eastern Beauty Bridge, Hakka Ancient House Restaurant, Mountain Pass Gate and The Four Seasons Garden.
  • Biodiversity Adventure Area
Includes: Reptiles & Amphibians Zone (collections include Anaconda, Reticulated Python, Aldabra Tortoise, Snapping Turtle, Tree Frog, Salamander), Biodiversity Museum (including Sloth, Flamingo, Squirrel-monkey, Red-legged Pademelon), Alpaca House (Alpaca Walking Hour), Green World Grassland Plaza and the Rainforest Sky Walk.
  • Swan Lake Area
Includes: Bird Watching Area I & II, Lakeside Café, Visitor Center, Administration Center, Landscape Toilet I, CoCo Bar, Macaw Area, Animal Star Shows, Pelican Feeding Hour, Dino Souvenir Shop and Emu Area. [1]

Features[edit]

Toucan in Green World Ecological Farm Bird Park

Nature[edit]

Green World claims to preserve the original landscapes and habitats at the site. The parks serves as a temporary nursery for endangered indigenous species, including Taiwan Yellow Water Lily, Taiwan Quillwort and Formosan Reeve's Muntjac. However, the more than 2,000 species of plants and animals the park hosts are mostly non-indigenous species. Green World also serves as an accredited animal sanctuary for wounded or abandoned animals.

Culture[edit]

Green World preserves a historic residential complex, ‘Kao Ping Tong.’ This ancient '3-in-1' complex was built by local Hakka people over 100 years ago.[when?] A number of antiques used by previous residents of the complex are on permanent exhibition within the complex.

Landscape Toilet in Green World Ecological Farm

Facilities[edit]

Green World claims that the construction of the park is in accordance with ecological engineering methods and that the construction is done so that it produced the lowest possible carbon footprint. The park sees its use of natural air-convection and daylight illumination, as well as the water-saving devices implemented in its public restrooms, as a prominent achievement in being eco-friendly.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In Taiwan, the term "ecological farm" is used to indicate an area dedicated to the general idea of ecological education. It is usually not related to food production, organic farming, or any type of research-based farming activities. An "ecological farm" can be owned and/or managed by either a private company or the government
  2. ^ . "Leisure Farm (生態園區)" is a term used by the Council of Agriculture for areas designated to boosting "agricultural tourism."

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Green World Ecological Farm.Lion's Mountain Recreational Area". Taiwan Tourism Authority. Retrieved July 7, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Green World -about". 
  3. ^ "Project Page". (Chinese)