The government will set strict standards for facilities that raise endangered wild animals so it can be implemented in the second half of 2014, the environment ministry said Tuesday.
The ministry said the standards will be included in the enforcement ordinance to a revised law on the protection and management of wildlife, both set to go into effect together in July of next year.
The move comes after a three-year-old Siberian male tiger attacked and seriously injured a zookeeper at the Seoul Zoo on the southern outskirts of the capital last week.
Experts say the tiger appears to have been under stress after being temporarily moved to a pen for foxes, which is about half the size of its original 165-square-meter cage, pending a March renovation of the zoo.
South Korea currently has no provisions on the size and installation of facilities for raising endangered animals.
Along with the revision, the ministry said it will regularly monitor zoos raising endangered animals and order improvements if problems are found.