Taiwan Forestry Bureau launches limited edition animal calendar

The calendar features some of Taiwan’s most iconic animals

Forestry Bureau's 2019 animal calendar.

Forestry Bureau's 2019 animal calendar. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – In a follow up to last year’s widely popular calendar, the Forestry Bureau, Council of Agriculture will launch their 2019 animal calendar on Dec. 1 at Huashan 1914 Creative Park in Taipei City.

The calendar focuses on Taiwanese animals found in the satoyama; the land at the intersection of flat land and hills, with images depicted in a distinct hand-drawn style.

Each month depicts a number of animals according to type of species, with months depicting butterflies, birds, insects, and amphibious animals prominent.

The animal calendar is printed with environmentally friendly inks, and is a limited edition. The Forestry Bureau says each copy will cost NT$250 (US$8.10)

The calendar is hoped to encourage people to think about Taiwan’s ecological environments, and to introduce the dozens of pictured animals into the lives of viewers.

In this way, the calendar is designed to entice the public to think about their ecological impact and to develop a more sustainable approach to life.

The Forestry Bureau said that the area between plains and mountains are the most frequent area of human activity, and the animals found in these areas have greatly enriched the lives of children.

Many animals found on the fringes of human activity have become less prevalent in Taiwan due to the loss of habitat, and the Forestry Bureau hopes this initiative can bring about greater awareness.

The calendar is available for purchase at the Huashan 1914 Creative Park from Dec. 1 to Dec. 7, with surplus copies available at the National Bookstore (國家書店) in Taipei’s Zhongshan District from Dec. 8.

Forestry Bureau's 2019 animal calendar. (Forestry Bureau image)