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Island zoo opens in Kien Giang

Update: January, 10/2016 - 12:00

Viet Nam has a new zoo. It is on an island.

It is called Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc and it has many birds and animals from all over the world.

Vistors will travel around the zoo on special vehicles from which they will watch the animals from close up.

Some of the animals are very special because there are not many of them left in the world.

New home: Giang sen (Mycteria leucocephala) – a kind of endangered bird listed in Viet Nam's Red Book, are seen at the Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc.
New home: Giang sen (Mycteria leucocephala) – a kind of endangered bird listed in Viet Nam's Red Book, are seen at the Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc. -  Photo courtesy of Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc

PHU QUOC (VNS) — Viet Nam's first safari zoo, featuring more than 150 animal species, has opened on the island of Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang.

Named Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, the 380ha first phase wildlife preserve houses over 3,000 animals representing 150 rare and endangered species, such as the Bengal tiger, Arabian oryx, spiral-horned antelope, and black-and-white ruffed lemur.

The zoo's unique natural environment is also home to 200 flamingoes, 100 rhinos and 60 giraffes, becoming the only place in Viet Nam breeding such large numbers of wildlife herds.

According to Nguyen Viet Quang, representative of the safari's investor, Vingroup, the number of animals and species will increase when the zoo's remaining construction is completed.

"Alongside promoting tourism on the island, the Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc will also strengthen wildlife preservation and environmental protection through scientific research conducted in the park," he added.

He further said that the safari zoo plans to increase awareness about wildlife issues in local communities.

As part of the zoo and park, the safari also has a well-equipped animal hospital, which is the largest of its kind in Southeast Asia.

Visitors will be transported on safari vehicles to receive close-up viewing of the zoo's wild animals.

Speaking at the safari's opening ceremony last week, Chairman of Kien Giang Province's People's Committee Pham Vu Hong stressed the importance of the animal reserve to the development of provincial tourism.

According to Hong, though the island has great tourism potential and tourism is seen as one of the province's key economic sectors, its growth has not met expectations.

"Every tourist spends an average of two or three days on the island – quite a short time compared with many other tourist destinations in the region. And only 5 per cent of tourists come back to the island for a second time," the chairman said.

Hong further noted that tourists might not stay longer because of the lack of entertainment options.

"The safari will complete a connecting ring of tourist services. We hope it will be a magnet for tourists and assure that they stay longer," Hong said.

The opening of the safari is among those activities celebrating National Tourism Year 2016 – Phu Quoc – Mekong River Delta. — VNS

GLOSSARY

Viet Nam's first safari zoo, featuring more than 150 animal species, has opened on the island of Phu Quoc in the southern province of Kien Giang.

A species of animal is a type of animal.

Named Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc, the 380ha first phase wildlife preserve houses over 3,000 animals representing 150 rare and endangered species, such as the Bengal tiger, Arabian oryx, spiral-horned antelope, and black-and-white ruffed lemur.

Endangered species of animals are types of animals that are in great danger of disappearing because there are not many of them left.

A lemur is a small animal that is a bit like a squirrel but is in fact a primate, related to humans and monkeys. Lemurs come from the islands of the Indian Ocean, particularly Madagascar.

The zoo's unique natural environment is also home to 200 flamingoes, 100 rhinos and 60 giraffes, becoming the only place in Viet Nam breeding such large numbers of wildlife herds.

If something is unique there is only one of it.

According to Nguyen Viet Quang, representative of the safari's investor, Vingroup, the number of animals and species will increase when the zoo's remaining construction is completed.

An investor is someone who puts money into something in the hope of making money from it.

"Alongside promoting tourism on the island, the Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc will also strengthen wildlife preservation and environmental protection through scientific research conducted in the park," he added.

To promote tourism on the island means to do things to make people think that it would be a good idea to go there on holiday.

Wildlife preservation means the activity of making sure that wildlife does not vanish by dying out.

Speaking at the safari's opening ceremony last week, Chairman of Kien Giang Province's People's Committee Pham Vu Hong stressed the importance of the animal reserve to the development of provincial tourism.

To stress something means to say it in a more special way  in order to make sure it is understood to be important.

According to Hong, though the island has great tourism potential and tourism is seen as one of the province's key economic sectors, its growth has not met expectations.

If there is tourism potential, there is a good chance of tourism being successful.

Hong further noted that tourists might not stay longer because of the lack of entertainment options.

Options are choices.

"We hope it will be a magnet for tourists and assure that they stay longer," Hong said.

A magnet for tourists is something that attracts tourists, in the same way that an iron magnet attracts things that contain iron.

WORKSHEET

Find words that mean the following in the Word Search:

1.      An animal from Madagascar.

2.      The company that has put the most money into Vinpearl Safari Phu Quoc.

3.      A type of oryx.

4.      A short word for rhinoceros.

5.      A facility for animals at the zoo that is the largest of its kind in south-east Asia.

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 1. Lemur; 2. Vingroup; 3. Arabian; 4. Rhino; 5. Hospital.

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