Freeze | Mt. Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum

MY GARDENER friends have recently gone gaga over ornamental plants, pots, driftwood, and even pebbles for decoration. One of them claims to avoid entering malls so she could control her urge to shop but save money to buy some garden knickknacks. They occasionally take a dip in the waters of General Generoso (formerly known as Sigaboy) town and keep an eye on driftwood and stones on the shore to take home.

 

THE MUSEUM at the foot of Mt. Hamiguitan in Sitio Tumalite, Barangay La Union, San Isidro, Davao Oriental

THE MUSEUM at the foot of Mt. Hamiguitan in Sitio Tumalite, Barangay La Union, San Isidro, Davao Oriental

On a three-hour trip from Davao City to Governor Generoso, Davao Oriental, the plant lovers would pass by a sign along the highway pointing to the Mt. Hamiguitan Range Wildlife Sanctuary. The sanctuary is home to the pygmy forest where Mother Nature does its job to produce bonsai plants without human intervention. Stoked by the idea of ogling at bonsai plants and the possibility of bringing home a few, the newbie gardeners decided see the sanctuary.

Alas! The pygmy forest is not easily accessible because getting there requires an eight-hour trek and a special permit from the local government to explore. By virtue of Republic Act No. 9303, the site has been declared on July 30, 2004, as protected area under the category of wildlife sanctuary and Mt. Hamiguitan’s peripheral areas as buffer zone.

 

SPECIAL telescopes on the wall are for taking a closer look at Mt. Hamiguitan

SPECIAL telescopes on the wall are for taking a closer look at Mt. Hamiguitan

The Mt. Hamiguitan range occupies the land area within the political boundaries of San Isidro, Governor Generoso, and Mati. The wildlife sanctuary is one of the six UNESCO world heritage sites in the Philippines and the only one in Mindanao. The United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) inscribed it in 2014 as a world heritage site for its pygmy forest of century-old trees growing in unique soil that hosts a rich biodiversity of endangered endemic and rare species of flora and fauna. One of its residents is the Philippine Eagle.

MARKWADE, Marco, Ethel, Julienne, Glenna, Ira, and Elvie did not see the century-old trees in the pygmy forest but still enjoyed sightseeing at Mt. Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum

MARKWADE, Marco, Ethel, Julienne, Glenna, Ira, and Elvie did not see the century-old trees in the pygmy forest but still enjoyed sightseeing at Mt. Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum

At the foot of Mt. Hamiguitan in San Isidro stands an interactive facility called Mt. Hamiguitan Natural Science Museum. For an entrance fee of fifty pesos, one may wander inside the museum and learn a thing or two about the wonders of nature.

The gardening buffs from Davao had fun posing for pictures inside and outside the museum.

A PITCHER plant in the park

A PITCHER plant in the park

 

 

 

 

 

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