Active Animals Can Be Enjoyed -Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa-
June 8th, 2014
Asahiyama Zoo (旭山動物園物語) is the northernmost zoo in Japan and has the third visitors after Ueno Zoo (上野動物園) and Higashiyama Zoo (東山動物園) in Japan, and 1,600,000 people visit every year. Many tourists come from foreign countries such as Hong Kong and Taiwan as well as Japan, too. Originally the Asahiyama Zoo was a loss-making zoo, but they changed ways of exhibitions. One is "Action exhibitions to show original wild life of animals", and other is "Mixed exhibitions to let animals of different kinds coexist in a near‐natural environment". "Asahiyama Zoo Story -Penguins fly in the sky- (旭山動物園物語 ペンギンが空を飛ぶ)" was broadcasted on a movie and a tv, and the Asahiyama Zoo became one of the most popular tourist attractions in Hokkaido.
There are more than 20 facilities and are more than 130 kinds of animals in total in the site. As animals living only in Hokkaido, Blakiston's Fish-owl, Yezo Raccoon Dog, North Fox, Yezo Deer, Great Spotted Woodpecker are bred. A feeding for animals is called "Mogumogu Time (モグモグタイム)" with winter season-limited penguins walking is one of the most popular events. Tourists often form a queue 30 minutes early before opeing. It takes about 3 hours to look around. In addition, there is a free parking lot. However, an attention is necessary because it is invited by a toll parking lot. Strollers and wheelchairs are provided, too, and those are free rental.
Atmosphere of Ahahiyama Zoo Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Figure of Animal House Placement in Asahiyama Zoo
Totori Village and Flamingo
Wild birds such as Swan, Wild Goose and Duck are pastured at gauges of the Totori village (ととりの村). I am glad that I can observe the wild birds without shutting out on wire nettings. Flamingos are bred on the side of the Totori Village. 3 kinds of flamingos, American Flamingo, European Flamingo, Chilean Flamingo are bred. Originally the flamingos standing with one foot inhabit in the West Asia, the Africa, the South America. The Chilean Flamingo is in danger of dying out.
Atmosphere of Totori Village and Flamingo Can Be Watched on Youtube.
4 kinds of penguins, King Penguin, Rockhopper Penguin, Humboldt Penguin and Gentoo Penguin are bred at Penguin Museum (ペンギン館). The Penguin Museum is a facility to observe penguin habits of water and land and feedings are seen in the water and on the land. In addition, they are like flying in the sky if tourists watch swimming penguins from an underwater tunnel. It is known as a popular event of Asahiyama Zoo. I never would have guessed that I could observe actions of the penguins from top and bottom, right and left.
Atmosphere of Penguin Museum Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Fierce Animal Museum
Amur Tiger, Lion, Yezo Brown Bear, Black Leopard, Amur Leopard, Snow Leopard are bred at Fierce Animal Museum (猛獣館). Those are cat families other than Yezo Brown Bear and are in danger of extinction. As for the Amur Tiger, there is 1 female. Her name is Non (ノン). Originally they inhabit along Amur Basin. An individual seems to live for 25 years. As for the Lion, there are 1 male and 1 female. His name is Lila (ライラ) and her name is Leira (レイラ). Originally they inhabit in the African Continent. Though they are cat families, it is a rare kind that they live in groups. A cat acts almost alone, for sure.
The Yezo Brown Bear is 1 female. Her name is Tonko (とんこ). Originally they inhabit in the Hokkaido and are the largest mammals in Japan. A large individual seems to be length over 3 m 50 cm. An individual seems to live for 40 years. The Black Leopard is 1 male. His name is Pakkun (パックン). Originally they inhabit in the Eurasian Continent and the Africa Continent. Hair of the Leopard changed black hair by mutation. It is not a kind that named the Black Leopard. The Amur Leopard are 2 males. Their names are Kin (キン) and Athen (アテネ). Originally they inhabit along the Amur Basin. The Snow Leopard are 1 male and 1 female. His name is Yamato (ヤマト) and her name is Zima (ジーマ). Originally they inhabit aound the Himalayas. An individual seems to live for 21 years.
Atmosphere of Fierce Animal Museum Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Harbor Seal Museum
Harbor Seal Museum (あざらし館) reproduces a fishing port in the Hokkaido and is a facility to observe harbor seals from water and land. It is a highlight that they in particular swim a marine way (cylindrical glass water tank). Tourists can observe the harbor seals from top and bottom right and left. In addition, White-tailed Sea Eagle and Black-tailed Gull are displayed on the shore. However, they do not get away because they can not fly with broken wings. I feel sorry for them.
Atmosphere of Harbor Seal Museum Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Polar Bear House
4 Polar Bears are bred at the Polar Bear House (ほっきょくぐま館). His name is Ivan (イワン) and hers names are Satsuki (サツキ), Pilica (ピリカ) and Lulu (ルル). This is a facility to observe the polar bears in water and on land. There is an observation stand called Shield Eye on the land. Tourists can watch the polar bears from views of harbor seals. * The harbor seals are hunted and eaten by the polar bears. You are very lucky if you see their powerful water dive. Originally they inhabit in the Arctic. An individual seems to live for 40 years and are in danger of extinction. By the way, Makan Angin reporting about travels in Indonesia provided photos.
Atmosphere of Polar Bear House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Lesser Panda and Blue Fox House
5 Lesser Panda and 1 Blue Fox are bred at Lesser Panda and Blue Fox House (レッサーパンダ・ホッキョクギツネ舎). The Lesser Panda is a racoon family and is in danger of extinction. Originally they inhabit in the Chinese highlands. A home is in the tree. Therefore a popular suspension bridge was built because they were good at climbing trees. Tourists can observe the state from the bottom. In addition, Originally the Blue Fox inhabit in the Arctic and is covered by black hair in a summer, black hairs change white hiars in a winter. I am surprised in different appearance. As for the blue fox, unfortunately 1 female and 7 children seem to have died.
Atmosphere of Lesser Panda and Blue Fox House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Small Animals House
TClouded Leopard, Raccoon, African Mane Porcupine are bred at Small Animals House (小獣舎). The Clouded Leopard is a cat family and originally inhabit in the Southeast Asia highlands and is in danger of extinction. They may eat a deer for carnivore. Originally the Raccoon inhabit in the North America. They seem to eat anything for omnivores. Rascal is famous. However, in late years they are designated by Japan as an invasive alien species. Originally the African Mane Porcupine inhabit in the North Africa. An individual seems to live for 20 years. In fact, they are good swimmer. The length of their needles is about 50 cm, and they may give a foreign enemy a fatal injury. How dreadful !
Atmosphere of Clouded Leopard Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Wolf Museum (オオカミの森) was made from a forest, stones, rocks and a river in order to reproduce Hokkaido 100 years ago. It is a facility that tourists can observe wolves from top and bottom, right and left. Yezo Deer that is game is displayed aside. * It does not really become baits. Male are Ken (ケン) and Nupuri (ヌプリ). Female are Maas (マース), Lera (レラ), Kant (カント), Nonno (ノンノ), Wakka (ワッカ) and Mina (ミナ). Like nature, they live in groups with blood relationship. The lobo is a dog family and is the maximum size in the dog family. An individual seems to be length over 150 cm. Originally the lobo inhabits in the North America. Will there be connected with revival of the Yezo Wolf (エゾオオカミ) that inhabited in the Hokkaido?
Atmosphere of Wolf Museum Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Yezo Deer Museum
Yezo Deer (エゾシカ) is bred at the Yezo Deer Museum (エゾシカの森). It is a pair facility toward Wolf Museum. Originally they inhabit in Hokkaido. An individual seems to live for 25 years.
Atmosphere of Yezo Deer Museum Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Japanese Crane House
3 Japanese Cranes (タンチョウ舎) are bred at Japanese Crane House. His male is Tansei (丹星), her name is Nomoko (ノモ子), and there is chick. Originally they inhabit in the Northeastern Part of Asia and Hokkaido and are in danger of the extinction and have been designated as a natural monument in Japan.
Atmosphere of Japanese Crane House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Amphibians and Reptiles House
Elaphe Climacophora, Hokkaido Frog, American Alligator, Turtle are bred at Amphibians and Reptiles House (両生類・は虫類舎). Originally the Elaphe Climacophora inhabits in the Japan and is the largest snake with about 2 m in total length in Japan. An individual seems to live for 15 years. The Hokkaido Frog inhabits in the Hokkaido, and an individual seems to live for 10 years. Originally the American Alligator inhabits along a basin of Mississippi in the North America Southeast. An individual seems to be length over 6 m. They are the largest alligator in the alligators. An individual seems to live for 70 years. This crocodile does not has name, but she have been bred since opening of the zoo. It is existence of the knowledgeable animal in the Asahiyama Zoo.
Atmosphere of Amphibians and Reptiles House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
The next page will introduce other animal mouseums and houses.