Zoos plan inter-Korean exchanges of their own


A South Korean zoo plan to exchange two lions with two bears and seven foxes from a North Korean zoo this week in the North Korean city of Kaesong, South Korean officials said Wednesday.

The Ministry of Unification, which handles inter-Korean affairs, gave the green light earlier in the day to the exchange, which will take place Friday between Seoul Grand Park and Pyongyang’s Central Zoo.

Seoul Grand Park, which has a zoo, plans to bring the animals from the North via an overland route running through the demilitarized zone that separates the two Koreas.

It is the first time for the South Korean amusement park to send lions to the North.

The two zoos have exchanged animals on six occasions since 1999, with 41 animals of 18 species brought into the South and 48 animals of 23 species sent to the North.


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