Herp Haven: A day at the Makiling Botanical Gardens
A day at the Makiling Botanical Gardens
The 1090-meter tall Mt. Makiling in the province of Laguna is where one finds the nearest dipterocarp forest from the National Capital Region and is home to a wide range of plants and animals occupying the mountain’s many available niches. As such, it is often visited by botanists, ornithologists, entomologists, and many other scientists from very different fields.
But it appears to be seldom visited by herpers.
On my previous visits, I have noticed quite an abundance of skinks and frogs, and thought that a more than casual visit might yield more herps. That opportunity came last year when a couple of friends from Chicago took a vacation in the Philippines. After our jaunts in Central Luzon, we decided that we could visit Mt. Makiling for a day of observing some of its wildlife. And true enough, the mountain did not disappoint.