The old Suzhou Zoo is no more. The animals have been moved from the downtown Suzhou Baita Lu location to their spacious new home and are settling in. Shangfang Shan Forest Animal World Zoo Park replaces the old Suzhou Zoo and is now open to the public. There are 67 hectares with more than 1000 animals and 100 species including white tigers, pumas, Asian elephants, black bears, hornbills, toucans and more. However, the Suzhou Zoo’s most famous residents didn’t make the move. The pair of Yangtze giant softshell turtles (Rafetus swinhoei) are two of the only three remaining on earth. The other one is in Vietnam. The two in China at the Suzhou Zoo (a male and female) are both believed to be greater than 100 years of age, with the female considered to be the only remaining female of the species left on earth. The two Rafetus swinhoei are considered too fragile to move to a new location, so will stay on at their old home, with no visitors allowed, at least for the time being.
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