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No roar but this lion still thrills

TWO lifelike animals thrilled visitors at the Kenya stand in the Africa Joint Pavilion yesterday.

The two specimens, one an 11-year-old lion and the other a 5-year-old rhino, are be on display until the end of the Expo.

"It seemed that the lion was looking at me," said a seven-year-old girl surnamed Yu. "It looked so real."

Officials with the Kenya government said the animals were to draw attention to Kenyan's determination to protect its wildlife.

"Protecting wildlife needs great energy and investment," said Njero Ndwiga, chairman of the Kenya Export Promotion Council.

"We call for cooperation between people and people, government and government, to ensure a safe and favorable environment for endangered animals."

Several countries have brought their national treasures to their stands in the Africa Joint Pavilion, displaying authentic African culture and people's lifestyles.

Fossils of human bones from millions of years ago are on display at the Eritrea and Ethiopia stands.

Some countries have displays of traditional weaving. Officials said more treasures are due to be put on show in the pavilion soon.

An "Africa fair" in the central part of the pavilion is proving popular, with jewelry, handicrafts, food and body painting available for visitors every day.


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