Remote and beautiful Tsushima, located closer to Korea than it is to Japan, boasts a truly special natural environment. Almost 90% of the island’s surface is covered in forests, and the world’s northernmost coral reef was discovered off its coast in 2012.
Its unique ecological system also means that Tsushima is home to wild animals which can’t be found anywhere else in the world. Perhaps the most famous of these is the Tsushima leopard cat, thought to have arrived from the Asian continent over 100,000 years ago.
These days, the population of the Tsushima leopard cat is sadly declining due to road kills and changes to its natural habitat. In 1994, the Japanese government designated it as a National Endangered species.
The Tsushima Wildlife Conservation Center works to protect not only the Tsushima leopard cat, but all of Tsushima’s rare wildlife. As well as carrying out ecological research and public awareness work to protect the island’s natural environment, the center also holds events, and offers the opportunity to meet a real leopard cat!
|Open hours||10am-4:40pm daily (last admittance 4pm)|
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