Recently a New Zealand production company has been busy filming a wildlife documentary along the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that divides the Korean peninsula:
Over the past few months NHNZ, a production company based out of New Zealand, has been filming an unlikely documentary in Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. The film has nothing to do with the war between North and South Korea, or even politics in general. It’s about the wildlife that inhabit the 150 mile strip of land between the two countries. More on the documentary below.
The film follows the many creatures in the zone, including the long-fanged water deer and there have even been sightings of bears and tigers. Sadly, no lions. The narrative follows the migration pattern of the red-crowned crane and fish through the Han River. The feature isn’t officially titled at the moment, but is leaning towards World’s Weirdest Wildlife Sanctuary. [Screen Crave via Hub of Sparkle]
I have spent plenty of time up and around the DMZ and for Korea there is a lot of wildlife, but the amount of wildlife is not a whole lot when compared with for example North America or Australia. The DMZ area and Jiri Mountain are still the only areas I have ever spotted deer in Korea. I have also seen some wild boars around the DMZ area as well. Contrary to popular belief there are no bears or tigers along the DMZ. I have never met anyone who has served along the DMZ to include the ROK Army that has ever seen one. This is not a vast wilderness, the DMZ area is small enough that if bears and tigers were running around up there someone would have seen it by now.