Zoo visitors undaunted
The number of visitors to Taipei Zoo has remained stable despite fears over a possible H7N9 avian flu outbreak, zoo officials said yesterday, adding that it has stepped up efforts to prevent contact between visitors and the birds in the zoo. The zoo usually records about 55,000 visitors per week, and that number has not changed much since an outbreak of the H7N9 avian flu virus in China last month, zoo spokesperson Chao Ming-chieh (趙明杰) said. However, there have been fewer visitors to the bird area, Chao said. He said the zoo has increased its health checks of its birds and improved sanitary conditions. There is no need to worry about direct contact between humans and birds because the birds are kept a considerable distance from the visitors, he added.
University head awarded
Hungarian Representative to Taiwan Levente Szekely yesterday conferred a medal on Kainan University President Kao An-pang (高安邦) in recognition of his efforts to promote exchanges between the two countries. Since 2008, Kao has visited Hungary several times to promote academic exchanges and gain a deeper understanding of the country’s investment environment, the envoy said at a ceremony to award Kao the Order of Merit of Hungary, Officer’s Cross, Civil Division. The president of the Taoyuan-based university was recognized for his efforts to promote Hungarian culture in Taiwan and encourage more Taiwanese investment in Hungary, Szekely said. In response, Kao said he was honored to receive the medal. Kao is the first Taiwanese recipient of the order, the Hungary Trade Office in Taipei said.