The Seoul Metropolitan Government announced that the Seoul Grand Zoo completed renovation of the Second African Pavilion. And in celebration of its 101st anniversary, the zoo is planning to open the Grassland Exhibition Hall on November 1, 2010.
The Grassland Exhibition Hall was built to raise public awareness of the importance of the natural environment and the sanctity of life by allowing visitors to get closer to wildlife through photos and videos.
The Grassland Exhibition Hall has an eco-friendly earthen floor and all the concrete walls were replaced with wooden walls. The former glass windows of the animal enclosures were replaced with smaller windows to provide a more intimate view of the animals.
Three endangered species, 25 sandfish lizards, 35 naked mol rats and 4 leopard turtles, brought from the U.S., Egypt and South Africa, will be available to see on November 1.
So far 79 heads of 6 species have lived in the Second African Pavilion, such as 7 hippopotamuses, 2 nyalas (Southern African antelope), 3 sitatungas (swamp-dwelling antelope), 12 white oryxes and 55 babary sheep. Especially, the white oryx is listed as an endangered species on the IUCN Red List.