The Pearl of Wilderness
Carnivorous plants are fascinating members of the plant kingdom which get nutrients by trapping and dissolving their prey. There are more than six hundred recognized species of carnivorous plants, but over half of them assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) are listed as threatened as vulnerable, endangered, or critically endangered.
The principle threats to carnivorous plants are habitat destruction caused by drainage and infilling of wetlands and bogs to develop housing, and ecological conversions associated with agriculture and forestry. The mining of bog peat for horticultural materials or as a source of energy is another threat to some species of carnivorous plants. In addition, some species of carnivorous plants are actively collected in the wild to supply the horticultural trade. All these above can seriously threaten the populations of carnivorous plants.
Established in June of 1995, The Society of Wilderness (SOW) is Taiwan’s preeminent body concerned with the cultivation, conservation, and education of and about carnivorous plants. The Society regularly holds a variety of activities, getting the public closer to nature, while working to spread the good word of conservation. The National Museum of Natural Science is pleased to announce our upcoming collaboration with the Society to host a series of events at our Botanical Garden and Naturalist Center dedicated entirely to the topic of carnivorous plants conservation.
Through display of live carnivorous plants and related items such as models, explanation panels, posters, and films, visitors can learn about the beautiful and deadly traps of different species, discover endemic species in Taiwan, and explore carnivorous plant conservation in Jhubei Lianhua Temple Wetland. Want to learn more about the amazing plants? We gladly offer in-depth guided tours at 2pm on selected days from October to December. Or you can attend the symposia presented by Shen Jing-chen, CEO of the program of carnivorous plant conservation in Jhubei Lianhua Temple Wetland on Saturday, Sep. 23, and Liu Yue-mei, President of the SOW, on Sunday, Sep. 24. The symposium presented by Shen will offer a general introduction to carnivorous plants, while Liu’s will discuss the conservation and protection of carnivorous plants.
We cordially invite you to join us for the educational, but also fun and inspiring events!
- The exhibition of carnivorous plants taken place at the Museum’s Naturalist Center will open to the public till the end of this year when the Center opens. (Please check our press release of Sep. 11 for the Center closure.)
- Selected dates for in-depth guided tours are October 6, 15, 20, and 29; November 3, 12, 17, and 26; December 1, 10, 15, and 24.
- Book your guided tour online in advance. We only accommodate 10-20 visitors aged 10 and older per tour.
- Registrations for the symposia with the maximum of 30 participants begin on-site 30 minutes prior to the scheduled start time, i.e. 1:30pm.
- Attendance to the two symposia held at our Botanical Garden’s Education and Research Center will be authenticated for government employees and teachers.
- There are no additional charges for all the events.