Why the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North And South Korea is a safe haven for migratory birds?


Migratory birds flocking to the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between North and South Korea.


Best Refuge


One unexpected outcome of dividing Korea into two has been the creating of a wildlife sanctuary in the DMZ (demilitarized zone).

Although soldiers sometimes go into this two-and-a-half-mile-wide [4 km] ribbon of land that stretches across the country, hunting is strictly forbidden.

“So tense is the atmosphere,” observes columnist S. Chang in Japan’s Daily Yomiuri, “that even a single shot fired at a stray animal or bird could touch off an eruption of gunfire from tens of thousands of troops deployed on both sides.”

The result is a quiet no-man’s land where nature flourishes.

In particular, wild boars, roe deer, badgers, and scores of varieties of birds and freshwater fish are increasing.

Migratory birds flock here, and even endangered species have found a haven.

With two strong armies keeping people out, these clever creatures have located to what must at present be one of the safest homes in the world for wildlife