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Finless Porpoise Under Siege in Korean Seas

Finless Porpoise Under Siege in Korean Seas

ULSAN, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean waters have become dangerous habitat for finless porpoises, sometimes referred to in Korea as “smiling whales” for their grinning faces.  According to the Ulsan Coast Guard, a total of 9,710 whales died in the five-year period from 2011 to 2015 from either illegal poaching or unintended catch in [...]

Domestic Plant Owners Call for “Planterinarians”

Domestic Plant Owners Call for “Planterinarians”

SUWON, South Korea, Dec. 15 (Korea Bizwire) – Will “domestic plants” become a growth industry of the future? In Korea, an increasing number of households have come to adopt domestic plants, like succulents or cactus plants, as their choice of home companion, flora that serve various purposes from simple home decoration to freshening the atmosphere [...]

Majority of Koreans Giving Up Vacation with Pets

Majority of Koreans Giving Up Vacation with Pets

SEOUL, Dec. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Despite the number of pet owners rapidly increasing in Korea, nearly half of them were found to have given up on travel with their animal companions.  According to Skyscanner’s recent survey of domestic pet owners, 48 percent said they had given up on traveling with their pets due to [...]

Scientists Complete Genetic Blueprint of Korean Leopard

Scientists Complete Genetic Blueprint of Korean Leopard

SEOUL, Nov. 1 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean scientists have successfully mapped the reference genome of the Korean leopard, better known as the Amur leopard (Panthera pardus orientalis), the National Institute of Biological Resources announced Tuesday.  According to the institute, the complete genetic blueprint of the Amur leopard is the result of an 18-month study, which [...]

Restoration Center for Oriental Storks Closes after 10 Years

Restoration Center for Oriental Storks Closes after 10 Years

SEOUL, Oct. 28 (Korea Bizwire) – Restoration efforts for oriental storks began in 1996 when a pair of stork young was brought into the country from Russia’s Amur River basin.  Oriental storks were once resident birds occasionally found on the Korean Peninsula, but their numbers dwindled towards the mid-20th century. Natural breeding of oriental storks [...]