Metro Manila · UP Arboretum
The UP Arboretum is one of the remaining wildlife areas in Quezon City. It is home to 9,298 plants, 15 kinds of amphibians and reptiles, 47 bird species, and a number of mammals.
The UP Arboretum is a 16-hectare land inside the 493-hectare University of the Philippines in Diliman, Quezon City. Over the years, the Arboretum has been the focus of environmental advocacy and scientific study. While it is dubbed as the only rainforest in Quezon City, this part of the campus was never a dense forest before 1948. It was, according to historians, an open area meant for either the development of a university town or a park.
The Second World War did not make these plans possible though with many of the buildings in the campus occupied by the Japanese Army during the war.
It was in 1948, after the campus was turned over by the Americans, when the Arboretum was established. It functioned as a nursery for the forestation projects of the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The former grassland was planted with trees to alter the environmental conditions of the place. The custodianship of the UP Arboretum was given to the university later on.
Although the UP Arboretum is man-made, this portion of the university is a haven for various plant and animal life. A 2001 study conducted by the former Director of Campus Maintenance Emil Sotalbo found that the area is home to 77 plant species comprising of 9,298 plants. Common tree species found within the Arboretum includes mahogany trees and monkey pods.
Plant life concentration in this area is due to its elevation and slope with the slope contributing to good drainage. The area also has a number of creeks.
Because of the high concentration of plant life at the Arboretum, it is also home to various reptiles, amphibians, small mammals, and bird species. A survey done in 1998 found 15 types of amphibians and reptiles, 47 bird species, and various mammals inside the campus.
Location & How to Get There
Note: The public is not allowed to enter.
University of the Philippines Diliman, Quezon City, Philippines
Tel: 63 (2) 981 8500