Cold War cats: Could ‘extinct’ Korean tigers be hiding in the DMZ?
Demilitarized Zone is sometimes referred to as Korea’s ‘accidental paradise’; a 155-mile (249 km) long buffer zone between North and South Korea’s heavily militarized borders.
CNN Eco Solutions follows some local wildlife enthusiasts as they search for tigers in the DMZ. Tigers are generally believed to be extinct in Korea, but the DMZ offers a uniquely peaceful and human-free environment for native wildlife, including rare birds, water deer, and perhaps even endangered bear and leopard populations. So perhaps there are tigers hiding in this unintentional wildlife sanctuary.
CNN Eco Solutions reports:
The chief eco-warrior is Sun Nam “Tiger” Lim. (In Korean, his last name translates to “Woods” — as in Tiger Woods — no kidding.) Lim has been tracking tigers for 20 years and says his research shows the endangered cat lives in the DMZ.
Check out the following video report from the DMZ as CNN follows a brave, yet eccentric eco-warrior who tracks the elusive Korean tiger amongst the pristine mountain forests, rivers and landmines.
by Graham Land