【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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The regular ticket will be NT$50 each. Also, the park recommended that visitors use EasyCards to save their time waiting.
The zoo, which is closed on Mondays, is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.