Seoul Grand Park shared heartwarming year-end news of welcoming two cheetahs, an internationally endangered species, as new members of its family and about the lion that it had donated to Japan having given birth. Seoul Grand Park recently received a pair of cheetah siblings Benny and Connie as a donation from Japans’ Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo. The cheetahs have undergone import quarantine and are now in the third African Pavilion at the park, adapting to the new environment.
Seoul Grand Park planned a bilateral exchange of donating 1 lion for 2 cheetahs with Tama Zoological Park in Tokyo, a city with friendly relations with Seoul, for the purpose of preservation of endangered species and promotion of genetic diversity. As a result, the lion was sent to Japan this past April while the cheetahs came to Korea this month.
Benny and Connie, newest members of Seoul Grand Park, are sisters born in 2017 and are currently four years old. Cheetahs originally inhabit warm climates so, during the winter, they will mostly be in the inner room adapting to the new environment. Then, when the warm spring comes, they plan to spend more time in the outdoor pasture to meet and greet with the visitors.
Cheetahs in the wild are an internationally endangered species that currently fall under Appendix I of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITIES), so efforts for their preservation are a pressing matter. The Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF) annually renews pedigrees of cheetahs in all zoos worldwide for their systematic management and preservation. Benny and Connie are also fully registered entities. Seoul Grand Park takes part in international programs for various endangered species in addition to cheetahs in order to set up a foundation for species conservation.
Meanwhile, great news came from Mio, the lion sent to Japan this past April as a part of the bilateral exchange. After three and a half months of pregnancy, Mio gave birth to a healthy cub and is currently in the stage of nursing and rearing, according to Tama Zoo. The cub was named Sorao, which means sky in Japanese, and is growing quickly and healthily under the care of the mother, which is a great news.
Seoul Grand Park participates in programs for preservation of internationally endangered species and also carries out exchanges and collaboration with renowned zoos around the world to contribute to species conservation and promotion of genetic diversity.
|Benny and Connie adapting to their new environment|
|Lion “Mio”||Cub “Sorao”|