Taiping zoo to get 30 birds in exchange

  • Metro News
  • Monday, 09 Dec 2019

Borhan (centre) witnessing the document exchange between Dr Lazarus (left) and Sato during the MOU signing ceremony in Taiping.

TAIPING Zoo and Night Safari (TZNS) will receive 30 birds of three species from the Fukuoka City Zoological Gardens (FCZG) as part of a collaboration programme.

TZNS will get 10 rosy-billed pochards, 10 pied imperial pigeons and 10 silver gulls while FCZG will get a pair of African crowned cranes.

The exchange was part of a memorandum of understanding signed between TZNS director Dr Kevin Lazarus and FCZG director Sato Hiroaki at the zoo.

Taiping Municipal Council president Borhan Abdul Halim said both zoos agreed to work together to promote the conservation of habitats and living environment, ex-situ and in-situ, of various wildlife.

He said the cooperation was relevant to promote sustainable management of nature and raise awareness of protecting the environment.

“We will collaborate on conservation breeding efforts, as well as protecting endangered animals and conserving their species,” he said, adding that they would work together to improve on husbandry and animal welfare in both zoos.

“I hope that through this initiative, we can be more productive and innovative, thereby benefiting both our zoos,” said Borhan.

He also said Taiping had been selected and listed in the top 100 green destinations in the Green Destination Awards 2018 at the Internationale Tourismus-Börse Berlin (ITB) in Germany.

“Among the criteria for this award were Taiping’s efforts in the management and preservation of forests, as well as tourist attractions and destinations in Taiping, particularly eco-tourism sites,” Borhan added.

Hiroaki’s visit to TZNS was part of activities held in conjunction with the 30th anniversary celebration of Ipoh and Fukuoka as sister cities.

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