新竹動物園28日重新開放 人與動物「零距離」| Hsinchu Zoo breaks barriers between visitors and animals

新竹動物園歷經2年多施工,即將於28日(週六)重新開園。|After two years of construction, Hsinchu Zoo will reopen on Dec. 28. (Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo )
新竹動物園歷經2年多施工,即將於28日(週六)重新開園。|After two years of construction, Hsinchu Zoo will reopen on Dec. 28. (Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo )

【看英文中國郵報學英文】新竹動物園歷經2年多施工,即將於28日(週六)重新開園 ; 本次翻新計畫打造動物友善環境,增加人與動物之間的互動。

After two years of restoration, Hsinchu Zoo reopened on Dec. 28, successfully creating an animal-friendly environment that increases interactions between visitors and animals.

新竹動物園裡的孟加拉虎|Bengal tiger in Hsinchu Zoo (Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo )
新竹動物園裡的孟加拉虎|A Bengal tiger at Hsinchu Zoo (Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo )

園區再生計畫翻轉「動物被看」的模式,不僅增加動物活動空間,也縮小動物與人之間的距離。此外,園方也公布了四大人氣王包括河馬、馬來熊、孟加拉虎以及可愛的北美浣熊。

To change the way how visitors “watch animals,” the zoo not only expanded the animals’ living space but also shortened the distance between animals and visitors. Among other highlights, there are four “superstar” animals — hippos, sun bears, Bengal tiger, and raccoons — you shouldn’t miss during your next visit to the zoo. 

園區內另一大亮點就是遊客中心內的親子圖書館,館內設計融合大自然元素,打造成動物森林圖書館,提供親子友善閱讀空間。

What’s more? There is also a library at the visitors’ center that hints at the animals’ forests, providing parents and kids with an inspiring learning environment.

另一大亮點就是座落於新竹動物園區遊客中心內的親子圖書館 |There is a library at the visitors’ center in the zoo. (Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo)
另一大亮點就是座落於新竹動物園區遊客中心內的親子圖書館 |There is a library at the visitors’ center. (Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo)

新竹動物園歷史悠久,內部設備、環境不再能容納園內70種動物,決定開始大規模整修。

The Hsinchu Zoo underwent an overhaul after its old facilities and poor space management clearly became unable to cope with the 70 animal species at the facility.

新竹動物園創立於1936年,歷經日治時期,是全台最古老的動物園,也是除了台北木柵、高雄壽山之外全台唯三的公立動物園。

Founded in 1936, Hsinchu Zoo has gone through the Japanese colonial rule. It is the oldest zoo in Taiwan and one of the three public zoos in Taiwan, along with Taipei zoo and Kaohsiung City Shou Shan zoo. 

因此,園區內留下了不少歷史珍貴文物,像是當年仿造德國漢堡哈根貝克動物園大門的二號出口大象門。

Against this backdrop, you can find many historical relics in the park, such as the elephant-shaped gate at the No. 2 exit. The design of the elephant-shaped gate was modeled on the gate in the Tierpark Hagenbeck in Germany in 1949. 

因此,園區內留下了不少歷史珍貴文物,像是2號出口大象門。|Against this backdrop, you can find many historical relics in the park, such as the elephant-shaped gate at the No. 2 exit.(Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo)
因此,園區內留下了不少歷史珍貴文物,像是2號出口大象門。|Against this backdrop, you can find many historical relics in the park, such as the elephant-shaped gate at the No. 2 exit.(Courtesy of Facebook/Hsinchu Zoo)

針對這次的維修,身為園區內唯一外籍員工的日籍管理員Yumiko Okamoto表示:「這是一項非常辛苦的挑戰」。

In regard to the renovation, Japanese national zoo keeper Yumiko Okamoto said, “that was a very difficult challenge.” She is the only foreign national to have ever worked at the zoo.

Yumi說道,台灣動物園不多,設計單位相關經驗少,多以「人」的角度而非以「動物」為考量來設計,因此整修計畫經過多次討論才定案。

It took extensive discussions to develop a renovation plan because those in charge had to come up with a modern zoo based on limited examples in Taiwan and a vision to create a zoo in which “the animals rule, not the visitors,” Okamoto said.

動物園整修期間,部分動物依舊待在原地,有些則移到別的區域,過去一個月才陸續回到園中。Yumi相信動物們會喜歡他們的新家。

As the facility was being renovated, some of the animals stayed on site while others were relocated and have been returned to the zoo gradually over the past month. Okamoto believes the animals appreciate their new dwelling.

翻新後的園區內不再有籠子,改以溝渠、灌木叢以及120公分以下柵欄,讓動物居住在更貼近自然棲地的舒適環境。

There are no cages used in the zoo, and animals are being kept in specific areas through ditches, bushes and fences no taller than 120 centimeters, giving the animals an environment more similar to their natural habitats, she said.

Yumi說道:「從動物自然行為的改變,可見牠們很喜歡新家,一切辛苦都值得了。」

“From the change in the behavior of the animals, we can tell that they like their new home a lot. All of the hard work has been worth it,” she said.

入園門票定價50元。園方也建議遊客使用悠遊卡入園,以縮減等候時間。

The regular ticket will be NT$50 each. Also, the park recommended that visitors use EasyCards to save their time waiting.

動物園每週一休館,開放時間為早上9點至下午5點。

The zoo, which is closed on Mondays, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

更多相關資訊請參考:新竹市立動物園 | For more information, visit Hsinchu Zoo