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NCNU donates rare hornet hive to National Museum of Natural Science 

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A huge Vespa ducalis hive was surprisingly discovered at the National Chi Nan University in February when the Madagascar Almond tree that the hornet hive was nestled on fell over. This gigantic hive measuring 60 x 84 x 65cm was removed after careful examination of its abandoned state, and was put on display on the campus for some time, eliciting amazement from onlookers.

Considering how its intact structure is a rarely attained source for research, NCNU President Su Yuhlong decided to donate it to the National Museum of Natural Science in Taichung for better preservation and research use. At the ceremony attended by Dr. Chou Wen-hao, the museum’s deputy director of research and education, President Su was proud to present this marvelous creation to the public and introduce his sustainable vision for the university’s development.

The donation ceremony not only bridges NCNU and natural science institutes, it also serves as witness to the school’s rich ecological environment and green management. NCNU is located in the proverbial heart of Taiwan — Puli Township, Nantou County. The university has long been known for its rich biodiversity and about 80% of its 150-hectare campus is covered by trees and plants.

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The sustainability-oriented management of NCNU has made it one of the top attractions in central Taiwan. This commitment to sustainability extends beyond tourism, as the campus is certified under the ISO 14001 environmental management system, and NCNU is a member of many local and global collegial networks that champion a greener future.

The natural resources and green practices of NCNU make for an environment well-suited for both people and wildlife. The distinctive Kluee-wip-wip call of crested serpent eagles can be heard as they spiral in the skies, while white wagtails, wild hares, pangolins, and Chinese bamboo partridges wag, hop, and amble their way across the NCNU campus.

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