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Central Zoo, Center for Cultural and Emotional Life

Pyongyang, August 2 (KCNA) — Thousands of working people and school children visit the Central Zoo at the foot of Mt. Taesong in Pyongyang every day.

They enjoy their cultural and emotional life, viewing Korean and foreign animals including elephants, monkeys and pet dogs.

More than 5,000 animals of over 650 species inhabit the zoo. They, disposed to their natural classification and ecological features, include rare animals sent to President Kim Il Sung and General Secretary Kim Jong Il as gifts by heads of states and prominent political, public, scientific and cultural figures of foreign countries.

The zoo, covering more than a hundred hectares, consists of zoological garden of game reserve form for beneficial animals such as deer and roe deer, playground for the animals, water-bird and fish-breeding ponds, an aquarium and 50-odd buildings for elephants, raptorial birds, songbirds, aquatic birds and other animals.

There are in the zoo grounds for animal feats, woods covered with various kinds of trees, flower gardens, welfare service and amusement facilities.

The zoo was opened in April Juche 48 (1959) on the initiative of President Kim Il Sung who had regarded the people as his God throughout his life.

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