BUSAN, South Korea – Busan’s zoo ‘The Park’ which is scheduled to open in April of next year, is struggling to secure animals.
According to the animal supply plan, which was submitted to the Busan Metro Council by the city of Busan, the zoo has ordered 17 species of mammals and 13 species of birds. That is far below the original plan of 428 animals from 123 species.
Even those animals need more time to be imported to the zoo, officials estimate at least two to four more months longer than original estimates. The scheduled opening for the zoo will likely be delayed.
This news comes after last months concerns that, according to the city of Busan and the zoo, construction has been underway since April, however, only 70 percent is complete.
Hutch construction is only 35 percent complete for monkeys , 45 percent for tigers, and 63 percent for kangaroos. In addition, construction for elephant fences hasn’t been started and the animal hospital is only 35 percent complete.
Busan Children’s Grand Park zoo will be home to 420 animals when it opens next spring. The city plans five zones including a walking safari, a central square and a kid’s land in the 84,000 square meter area.
The city is working on the purchase of animals including a bear and a zebra, and the construction of enclosures for the animals.
Source: Busan eFM News