SEOUL, Korea, Sep 07 (Korea Bizwire) – Ahead of the upcoming fall season, Seoul Grand Park has launched a special program “From Seoul Zoo to DMZ,” jointly with School Gimm-Young Publishers, a publishing house specializing in children’s books. Attempted for the first time by the Grand Park, the program allows children to experience firsthand wildlife habitats beyond the narrow confines of the zoo.
The park authorities said it would admit free of charge senior citizens, as well as children from public facilities and North Korean defector families. For about four months between September 7 and December 31, the park will hold two-day camps and Demilitarized Zone visits for exploring the 60-year-old pristine ecosystem.
For example, the camp participants will spend the night in the Seoul Grand Zoo as animals roar, howl, and bellow. Those going on an exploration in the eastern part of the DMZ will have an exciting time discovering rare flora and fauna such as elk, roe deer, the goat-like goral, and wild boar, as well as various species of migratory birds, endangered fish, and unusual flowers.
At the same time, the zoo will kick off a public campaign to protect endangered animals with a special emphasis on the lowland gorilla. According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the only natural habitat left for gorillas is Africa in which three sub-species of gorillas are in serious danger of extinction out of four sub-species.
In order to raise awareness of the importance of conserving animal species and the protection of lowland gorillas, the Seoul Zoo will send out volunteers on the streets in Seoul and give out leaflets on wild animal protection under the slogan “Your love can save gorillas!” The Seoul Zoo hosts a couple of two lowland gorillas, only two great apes all across Korea, who are pampered by zookeepers and animal doctors.
Those interested in participating in the program can sign up for it on the Seoul Grand Park website at www.grandpark.seoul.go.kr. For more information, visit the Seoul Metropolitan Government website (english.seoul.go.kr).