Parrots, Turtles & More At Taiwan’s Green World

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Recently we joined reader Stefan and his lovely wife and daughter for a visit to Taiwan’s Green World.

Our Visit to Green World

The first thing that we saw were Macaw parrots.  Now, who doesn’t love parrots?

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

At the time of our arrival, the parrot show was about to begin.  We walked past some of the food vendors,

Our Visit to Green World

and through the gift shop, complete with a dinosaur skeleton.

Our Visit to Green World

The parrot show is just ahead.

Our Visit to Green World

We entered the show area on the side.  But it was just way too loud here, so we moved to the rear center.

Our Visit to Green World

This being Taiwan, of course the sound was cranked up to ear-splitting levels.  I was concerned about Phoenix and her sensitive baby ears.  But she seemed OK with being in the rear of the auditorium.

Our Visit to Green World

The parrot show is basically standard stuff, but the birds are cute and quite smart.

Our Visit to Green World

This Blue & Gold Macaw is responding to verbal commands in Chinese.

Our Visit to Green World

Soon, the trainer had the parrot doing all sorts of cute things.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

An all time favorite: bicycle riding on a wire.

Our Visit to Green World

No parrot show would be complete without parrot skating!

Our Visit to Green World

I found this demonstration very interesting.  The old shell game, with a golf ball hidden under one of the metal cups.

Our Visit to Green World

The parrot found the ball right off, every time.

Our Visit to Green World

Of course, I have no way of knowing if the bird was really keeping track of the ball, or if the trainer places the ball in the same position every time.  But I must admit that the speed at which the trainer was moving the cups around, it would be hard to keep track of the ball.

Our Visit to Green World

After the parrot show, we walked over to the Alpaca House.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

The alpaca is a type of small camel that has been domesticated in a number of South American countries.

Our Visit to Green World

The keepers have been creative in  grooming these animals.  This one looks more like a poodle than an alpaca.

Our Visit to Green World

Back to the exhibits.  We went into a kind of exhibition house, but I forgot the name of the place already (and I didn’t photograph the sign).  But, inside there were quite a number of different interesting animals.

Our Visit to Green World

Not everyone likes snakes, especially big ones.  These are behind glass.

Our Visit to Green World

I always like tortoises of any kind.  There were quite a number of several varieties on hand.

Our Visit to Green World

If I am not mistaken, this is a horn bill.  It was nice and quiet, just posing peacefully on the perch.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

More snakes.

Our Visit to Green World

More tortoises.

Our Visit to Green World

Even more.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

I told you they had quite a number of them!

Our Visit to Green World

Bearded dragon.

Our Visit to Green World

This is a worst-nightmare of a snapping turtle.  This guy is huge!

Our Visit to Green World

I was rather amazed at how calm the animals were.  This bird just stood there while I took the photo.

Our Visit to Green World

As we headed out the door, I took one last photo in the entrance area.

Our Visit to Green World

When we stepped outside, the alpacas were out in the pasture grazing.

Our Visit to Green World

Everyone came over to take photos of them.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Phoenix thought they were interesting and they held her attention.

Our Visit to Green World

Green World is kind of a big loop that you walk around (or take one of the shuttles).  Along the route we came to the Sky Way, which is an elevated platform for walking through the rain forest.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

The above photos show the platform, which is quite high off the ground.  A nice easy loop to walk, the air was cool in the forest.

Our Visit to Green World

Continuing on our walk around the loop….

Our Visit to Green World

We came to this type of garden.  Notice the signs on the different plant species.  Believe it or not, at the entrance to this area, was a control panel with buttons for English, Chinese and Japanese languages.  You guessed it: there is an audio program that gets blasted throughout speakers placed along the walkway, talking about each species by numbered sign.  At first it was interesting, but after about 10 minutes we just wished it would end.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Audio program notwithstanding, this is a very pleasant walk.

Our Visit to Green World

At the end there is a small pond with a trickle of a waterfall.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Going back to the beginning (this is also a loop).

Our Visit to Green World

These are restrooms, which follow the decor of the park.

Our Visit to Green World

We couldn’t go up here because we had the stroller for Phoenix.  So we have something to check out next time.  The ancient Hakka building sounds interesting.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

Here we come to the Bird and Butterfly Ecological Parks.  We went into the Butterfly park first.

Our Visit to Green World

Before we even went inside there were butterflies fluttering around.

Our Visit to Green World

If you look hard enough, you can see the fine mesh net that covers this exhibit and keeps the butterflies inside.

Our Visit to Green World

If you’ve ever wondered how one feeds butterflies, now you know.  There are pieces of fruit placed on these shelves.

Our Visit to Green World

The butterfly park is a beautiful, peaceful walk.

Our Visit to Green World

This is one of my favorite exhibits: insects that mimic parts of plants.

Our Visit to Green World

There are a number of glass cases containing many species of these types of animals.

Our Visit to Green World

This one really does look like a leaf.

Our Visit to Green World

Next we went into the Bird park where we were greeted by this myna bird who welcomed us in Chinese.

Our Visit to Green World

Many species of birds fly around at liberty, however they are kept inside a cage much like the butterflies.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

I identified this beautiful bird as a female eclectus, one of the few sexually dimorphic species of parrots.

Our Visit to Green World

Stefan identified this critter as a golden pheasant, and he told me they are an introduced species in Europe.

Our Visit to Green World

These are a type of goat that is common in the Caribbean, but thought to originate in Africa.

Our Visit to Green World

And these of course, are Emus.

Our Visit to Green World

Our Visit to Green World

MJ Klein
Former field engineer MJ Klein now lives in Taiwan, and writes articles that primarily feature photographs of travels of MJ and wife Hui-chen, plus daily goings on in the bustling island nation of Taiwan, and other places in Asia. Articles feature people, culture, food, situations and sometimes the trials and tribulations of traveling in places such as China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Laos and of course Taiwan.
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