After a year of construction, an ecological elephant house at the wildlife refuge of Qingdao opened to public this summer, introducing two Asian elephants moved with extreme care from China’s Southwestern province of Guizhou. Visitors can take a close view of this world’s endangered species from an observation tower as part of the elephant house.
The purpose of adding elephants to the happy family of Qingdao’s Forest Wildlife World is also to raise public awareness—especially among kids—of protecting the nature and wild lives. The Asian elephant is the largest living land animal in Asia. Since 1986, it has been listed as endangered on International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List as the population dropped by at least 50 percent over the last 60-75 years. Currently China has about 300 Asian elephants.
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