Korea National Parks

Flagship Species

  • Pinus pumila   
  • - English Name : Dwarf Stone Pine
  • - Habitat :

    distributed widely in Northeast Asia. Only found in Seoraksan National Park in Korea.

  • - Shape Characteristics :

    The leaves are needle-like, formed in bundles of five, like those of a big cone pine, but short. A shrubby species.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    Seoraksan Mountain is its southern limit.

  • - Special Characteristics :

    These trees found in Seoraksan Mountain are small in number and they are highly likely to disappear due to the influence of the global warming. Seoraksan National Park designated their habitat as a special protection zone to protect them.

  • Nemorhaedus caudatus   
  • - English Name : Korean Goral, Amur Goral, Long-tailed Goral
  • - Habitat :

    Seoraksan, Odaesan, Woraksan and Taebaeksan Mountains in Korea, Maritime Provinces in Siberia, Manchuria. Found mostly in mountainous areas.

  • - Shape Characteristics :

    The body is about 130cm long. Both males and females have horns. The neck is short. The legs are short and thick. They have pointed tiptoes.

  • - Ecological Characteristics :

    They form groups of two to five and stay in rocky areas or caves that other animals have difficulty in getting access to.

  • - Feed : rock moss, azalea, royal azalea and herbs
  • - Special Characteristics :

    It is assumed that 700-plus of them live in South Korea, with 100~200 of them in Seoraksan Mountain. A project for their restoration is carried out in Woraksan Mountain.