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Wildlife Has Flourished in the Demilitarized Zone Since the Korean War - Here's What Peace After 65 Years Could Mean for the Ani


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Cher
- 398 days ago - uk.businessinsider.com
Without human intervention, aside from the occasional landmine going off, animals have thrived in the area. Over 91 endangered species have called this unique biome home. You can find everything there from wild cats to Siberian tigers, black bears



   

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Cher C (1426)
Friday April 20, 2018, 3:53 pm


Sorry here is the title....

Wildlife has flourished in the demilitarized zone since the Korean War — here's what peace after 65 years could mean for the animals that live there


 

Animae C (508)
Friday April 20, 2018, 4:21 pm
i couldn't view the article because they don't like my adblocker.

PEACE is beautiful everywhere!
TY dear Cher
 

Cher C (1426)
Friday April 20, 2018, 4:27 pm


Here it is for you AniMae Sweetie....

The 2.5-mile wide, 148-mile long stretch of land that separates South Korea from North Korea is undoubtedly the most fortified border in the world. Landmines dot the land and each side is ready to destroy the other at a moment's notice.

The land between them, however, has been untouched by humans for roughly sixty years and, as a result, hosts a unique composition of flora and fauna. With recent peace talks between North and South Korea, this could all be in danger.

Without human intervention, aside from the occasional landmine going off, animals have thrived in the area. Over 91 endangered species have called this unique biome home. You can find everything there from wild cats to Siberian tigers, black bears to red-crowned cranes. This is partly because the DMZ runs across a wide ranges of habitats, which includes mountains, marshes, swamps, and prairies.

It was first proposed back in 1966 that, after the war ended, it should be turned into a national park. Even in 2005, media mogul Ted Turner visited the region and said, "The DMZ needs to be designated as a World Heritage Site and as a World Peace Park site because we've got to preserve it from development."

The most recent attempts by South Korea to turn the area into an official UNESCO recognized biosphere started in 2011. The North has blocked any and all attempts at the UN because it would "violate their Armistice Agreement." If the war came to an official end, then the armistice would be kept. Meaning, the world heritage site could be built.

It's not uncommon for places with several endangered species to become a UNESCO heritage site. Manas Wildlife Sanctuary in the Indian Himalayas is classified as one with 22 endangered species. The "soon-to-be-former" DMZ would logically become one, but this isn't exactly good news for the animals that are currently there.

When the two nations put an end to the war, trade and travel would, presumably, resume, thus segmenting the animals that live there. This happens when interstates and other human interventions are built and separate animals from their natural habitats. This is similar to why Los Angeles has a thriving mountain lion population.

Unless careful precautions are taken to allow animals to freely move across the heritage site while still giving the Korean people access, all the wonders of the DMZ wildlife would be erased quickly.

 

Freya H (345)
Friday April 20, 2018, 4:40 pm
Probably the only bad thing about peace.
 

Walter F (128)
Friday April 20, 2018, 5:15 pm
Let's hope it is never desecrated again and the animals live and flourish in peace.Human presence and activity need to be very limited
 

Lenore K (0)
Friday April 20, 2018, 8:07 pm
good. war is evil, Jesus is Lord
 

John J (0)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 4:17 am
thanks for sharing
 

Jack Y (0)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 4:29 am
thanks
 

Jerome S (0)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 4:48 am
thank you
 

TOM TREE (247)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 8:49 am
This is interesting !...
Thanks for the Info
 

TOM TREE (247)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 8:50 am
TOTALLY AWESOME !! Thank You for Sharing .....
Thanks
 

pam w (139)
Saturday April 21, 2018, 9:29 am
I've often thought that the best thing for this planet would be EVAPORATION of the human species.
 

Past Member (0)
Thursday April 26, 2018, 6:23 am
nice
 
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