TAIPEI (The China Post) — Hsinchu Zoo, which has been closed since 2017 for reconstruction, unveiled some stylish souvenirs on Thursday to celebrate its reopening slated on Dec. 28.
The souvenirs include special calendars, candies and local delights such as rice vermicelli.
The oldest zoo in Taiwan was built in 1936 in Hsinchu City. The zoo was closed in May 2017 for a reconstruction project, including refurbishing the animal inhabits.
Hsinchu Mayor Lin Chih-chien (林智堅) said the refurbished zoo will be a zoo without “cages,” allowing the animals to live in a larger space where visitors can see them at a closer range.
The zoo, which has served three generations, is part of everybody’s’ memory, Lin said to local media.
Lin added that the zoo revitalization project is carried out under the idea of letting the animals live happily in the city. Authorities invited local designers to unleash their talent to create the souvenirs with the same idea in mind.