Taipei Zoo to close for 10 days in June

Repair and construction work to take place June 19-28

Taipei Zoo to close June 19-28.

Taipei Zoo to close June 19-28. (CNA photo)

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) - For the first time in its more than 30 years of history, the Taipei Zoo will close for a 10-day period, reports said Wednesday.

Repairs and general construction work will take place from June 19 through 28, a period decided by i-voting, zoo management said.

Until this year, the Taipei Zoo, which moved into its present location in the district of Wenshan in 1986, had only closed one day a year, Lunar New Year’s Eve, the Central News Agency reported.

In the case of necessary repairs, management would decide to close down the area for one Monday at a time, but that was not enough for more thorough work, while it would also drive up the cost and inconvenience the animals, the zoo said.

During a one-month period of i-voting last year, 30,058 participants agreed that the zoo could remain closed for a longer period if necessary, while only 521 disagreed with the proposal.

The pause planned for June would increase the wellbeing of the animals, improve the quality of the visitors’ experience and shorten the period needed for the works, according to the CNA report.