Kaohsiung City zoo to close for renovation

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Kaohsiung City zoo to close for renovation

Central News Agency
2009-02-08 06:30 PM

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Kaohsiung, Feb. 8 (CNA) The Shoushan Zoo in the southern port city of Kaohsiung said Sunday it is scheduled to close Monday for a renovation project that is planned to take half a year to complete, but denied it was related to housing two white tigers from China.

The zoo has appropriated NT$150 million (US$3.45 million) to fund the renovation project aimed at revamping the entire facility, including parking lots, zoo authorities said.

Noting that the zoo needs an overhaul after having not been revamped for 30 years, they denied that the renovation will be carried out to create a new place to house two white tigers that the zoo plans to import from China in June.

Meanwhile, Kaohsiung City Tourism Bureau Director Lin Kun-shan said it is still unclear whether the Shoushan Zoo will bring in the white tigers from Guangzhou, adding that the city government is still assessing the possibility.

The official’s denial contradicted what another city official said last December concerning the tiger import plan.

Tang Cheng-juei, director of the Kaohsiung City Scenic Area Administration, said Dec. 17, 2008 that a pair of white tigers are scheduled to be placed in the Shoushan Zoo in June 2009.

Tang said the rare animals are a gift of the Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park in southern China to promote friendship between Guangzhou and Kaohsiung.

The zoo has appropriated NT$118 million to fund a renovation project aimed at creating a space at the zoo to house the two white tigers, he added.

The tigers are expected to attract an increased number of visitors to the zoo, which draws nearly 500,000 persons a year, he forecast at the time.



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