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Wildlife in Taiwan

Taiwan represents three major climatic zones and its diverse topography have endowed the island with a wide range of flora and fauna.  Some 60 species of mammals, around 500 species of birds (40 percent of which are resident), 90 species of reptiles, 30 amphibian species, nearly 150 species of freshwater fish, and 17,600 named insect species, (including 400 butterfly species), are known to exist in the Taiwan area.  Monkeys, deer, wild boars, snakes, panthers, wildcats and bears are some of the types of animal life in Taiwan.  

The island is also famous for the richness and diversity of its plant world, with some 4,021 species classified to date. The mountains are home to coniferous and deciduous trees at the elevation of 2000-3000m (6,500 - 10,000 ft), above this elevation only coniferous trees are found, particularly the cypress.  Many tropical and subtropical forests are found at the lower elevations (sea level to 2000 m).

The Formosan Landlocked Salmon which inhabits the cold streams in the high mountains is a result of the alternating effect of the geological changes that occurred during the Ice Age.  The Wulai rhododendron is one of the plants peculiar to Taiwan.



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