If you stay overnight in Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area, it will be the best chance to wander around the accommodation area with a flashlight where you may find the forest animals becoming active and enjoying their nightlife. If you keep your senses sharp, you can hear the sounds of the forest and observe the animals hidden in the forest with their eyes glowing; the discovery will come as a surprise.
At an altitude of 1,800–2,966 m, Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area has a coverage of primitive forest with a rich diversity of species. Not only the various birds but also other forest animals will be with you overnight in the undisturbed natural environment. It’s worth exploring throughout the night in Dasyueshan; most animals are indifferent to but not afraid of people, allowing tourists to observe them easily.
In the forest, you may spot Formosan serow lowering their head for hidden food, or the Formosan Reeve’s Muntjac making a sound resembling a dog barking, or the White-faced flying squirrel gliding between the trees in the dark. They are the most common nocturnal animals living in Dasyueshan, and are also known as the “Three Treasures of Dasyueshan.”
Capricornis swinhoei, also known as the Formosan serow, is endemic to Taiwan and is usually spotted at sunrise and sunset grazing under trees alone; only in the breeding season can they be seen in pairs or with kids in a small group.
Formosan Reeve’s Muntjac is the smallest deer that is endemic to Taiwan; its preferred habitats are deciduous forest and shrubbery. It’s easy to spot as it is active in the forest mostly at sunrise and sunset. Muntjacs impress tourists by making a sound that resembles a dog barking, so it’s also called the “barking deer.” It’s relatively shy and usually sprints away whenever it spots people.
White-faced flying squirrels spend their day sleeping in a tree hollow; they are only active at night and are usually found on the trees nibbling leaves. Whenever they see the light, they stop moving. They move to other trees by opening wide the special membrane between their front and back legs that helps them glide through the air between the trees; for short distances, they can travel by leaping. Whenever they spot a white-faced flying squirrel gliding in the forest, tourists taking the night observation tour usually exclaim in surprise.
In Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area, tourists can start observing wildlife upon arrival. Furthermore, there’s an event held from July to November every year – “Nocturnal Wildlife Watching in Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area.” With the help of professional volunteers, you’ll be led on a guided tour of wildlife exploration to spot animals living in Dasyueshan! For more details, please contact Dasyueshan National Forest Recreation Area Tourist Service Center on +886-4-2587-7901.