A pair of Russian polar bears will be arriving in Seoul.
Seoul Mayor Oh Se-hoon agreed on Feb. 24 to receive one male and one female of the endangered species from Russia during a meeting with Moscow Mayor Sobyanin Sergey, Seoul City said.
It noted that Korea currently has a total of five polar bears in zoos across the country but that all of them are now old.
The two mayors also agreed to boost the exchange of animal between the two cities with the aim to protect and preserve the world’s endangered species.
Seoul City emphasized that its reception of the two polar bears carries significant meaning in this regard, since climate change is being blamed for the declining population of polar bears.
“The sister city relationship between Seoul and Moscow has further advanced to include animal exchange diplomacy,” Seoul Mayor Oh said. “Both cities will continue to cooperate in city traffic and environmental concerns,” he added.