Japan | Toyooka Tourism Innovation | Reintroduction of the Oriental White Stork into the Wild

Toyooka City, located in northern Hyogo prefecture, is home to the national natural treasure, the Oriental White Stork. Commonly known as ‘kounotori’ in Japan, had become extinct in the wild in 1971. Toyooka City set out on an arduous project to preserve and reintroduce the stork back into the wild by creating a captive breeding project with the remaining captive storks. The project includes efforts for captive breeding, reintroduction to the wild, habitat preservation and education for sustainable development. Wetlands have been created and unused rice paddies have been turned into biotopes. Even rice cultivating methods have been developed and …

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