Park News - (11/5/12) In a truly wild development, an elephant at the Everland Zoo in South Korea has been confirmed as have learning to speak a few select words of human vocabulary. The original claims from the park staff have been confirmed by an international team of scientists that Koshik, a 22-year old male elephant, can reproduce certain human words by tucking his trunk inside his mouth.
Koshik has so far been confirmed as being able to speak five words in Korean which translate to: Hello, Sit Down, No, Lie Down and Good. He is also rumored to occasional speak the word for “Not Yet”, but the team was unable to confirm this particular word during their study. Koshik was separated from the other elephants at age 5 and only had the park’s trainers to bond with, and they have determined that the frequency of the words he speaks does match that used by his trainers.
The mimicking action may be more akin to how Parrots will mimic a human voice, as they have not determined if Koshik has any understanding of what he is saying just yet. However, unlike how a Parrot will simply mimic human speech with his own mouth, Koshik’s learned ability to stick his trunk in his mouth to create the needed sounds and vibrations that he is unable to produce any other way is truly a unique learned behavior.
(5/26/10) Bad news today from Everland regarding Eagle Fortress. According to an e-mail sent out to one of our readers regarding the ride, the final decision was made to replace it with a new ride for the 2012 season. Forgive the broken English… as I’m sure English is not the writer’s native language.
“Everland also had tried in many way to save EF but decided to put another marvelous coaster instead. Due to the safety concern, EF was determined not to be sustain. I understand the willingness of yours and people's to save it. A new coaster is scheduled to be opened in year 2012 and you can expect that the new one will satisfy you.”
So very sad indeed… that another Arrow Suspended coaster is headed to the scrap yard.
2013 - Nothing is known at this point in time...
Future Developments - (3/10/08) According to a local reader who has access to Everland the park has some kind of 10 year revitalization plan taking place right now and has posted some of their plans in the park’s “Celebration Center”. From what they could tell the park is also planning two more coasters in the future, a new family style “Dragon Coaster” (not to be confused with the current powered Dragon coaster) along with a new major coaster planned for the American Adventures section of the park that looks to be located near the Eagle’s Fortress suspended coaster.