The Biophilia Hypothesis and Asia’s Largest Zoo

When the city streets and heights hit your boredom threshold, it indicates re-calibration. It’s time to say hello to nature. How about spending some time at the zoo?

Do you know that on a recent study conducted by Detroit Zoological Society, it was found out that after visiting the zoo, people exhibited reduced levels of stress.

It is innate for humans to connect with nature. This is called Biophilia. The term was first used by Erich Fromm in 1973. Fromm is a psychoanalyst and social philosopher who explored the interaction between psychology and society. 

Biophilia hypothesis, idea that humans possess an innate tendency to seek connections with nature and other forms of life. The term biophilia was used by German-born American psychoanalyst Erich Fromm in The Anatomy of Human Destructiveness(1973), which described biophilia as “the passionate love of life and of all that is alive.” The term was later used by American biologist Edward O. Wilson in his work Biophilia (1984), which proposed that the tendency of humans to focus on and to affiliate with nature and other life-forms has, in part, a genetic basis.” – Kara Rogers, Encyclopædia Britannica

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I recently had a chance to visit Asia’s largest zoo in Wenshan District, Taipei City, Taiwan.  Well managed by the Taipei City Government, Taipei zoo is a leader in conservation, research and education, and recreation in the region. If you feel like Biophiling while in Taiwan, then this is the place for you to go.

The zoo is open everyday from 9am to 5pm (no entry after 4pm) except on Chinese new year. Entrance fee is around 60NT for adults and 30NT for kids. It is accessible by Taipei Metro.

From Taipei main station, take the MRT Red Line (Tamsui Xinyi Line) to Daan. Then, transfer to MRT Brown Line (Wenhu Line) Daan station and alight to Taipei Zoo, the last station. The zoo is just a few steps away from the MRT Station.

There’s an Indoor and Outdoor display area. Outdoor display includes Formosan Animal Area, Asian Tropical Rain forest Area, Desert Animal Area, Australian Animal Area, African Animal Area, Temperate Zone Animal Area, Bird World, and the Children’s Zoo.

In the indoor display areas be sure not to miss the Panda House, Koala House, Penguin House, Insectarium, Amphibian and Reptile House and the Education Center.

Shuttle Train / Bus service is available inside the zoo at 5.00NT for a single ride. The shuttle Station is located beside the Koala House, stops at Bird World Station and Maokong Gondola Taipei Zoo South Station. Restaurants and souvenir shops are also available inside the zoo. There’s a variety of souvenir items for you to choose from.

I’m sure that Biophiling inside Asia’s largest zoo will take out the office hangover in you. When your stress meter strikes up, re-calibrate by reconnecting to nature.

Now it’s time for you to test the Biophilia Hypothesis. Go get that stress out of you and remember to enjoy the juanderful life on its fullest!

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