- December 1st, 2014
[Kushiro Zoo] The Largest Zoo in Hokkaido Is The Easternmost Zoo in Japan
- Kushiro Zoo
- Animal Houses in Kushiro Zoo
- List of Accommodations
Kushiro Zoo (釧路動物園) is a zoo in Yamahana Park (山花公園) located in the western part of Kushiro's downtown, and is adjacent to Yamahana Onsen Rifre (山花温泉リフレ), Kushiro Fureai Horse Park (釧路市ふれあいホースパーク) and an auto campsite. It features a large site, and about 60 types of 450 animals are bred at the site of 47.8 ha. The Kushiro Zoo was established in 1975, and is the easternmost zoo in Japan. There are a sightseeing facility with wooden paths reproduced Kushiro-shitsugen Wetalnd and a amusement park at the zoo, too. In addition, there is Yamahana Graveyard (山花墓地) for some reason at the zoo, too. The Kushiro Zoo is an unusual zoo that there is a cemetery at the zoo in the Japan.
Atmosphere of Kushiro Zoo Can Be Watched on Youtube.
By the way, a direct bus does not run between Sapporo or New Chitose Airport and the Kushiro. But highway buses "Star Light Kushiro-go (スターライト釧路号)" and "Kuhsiro Limited Express New Star-go (釧路特急ニュースター号)" run between the Sapporo and the Kushiro, and Sunrise Asahikawa-Kushiro-go (サンライズ旭川・釧路号), an express bus, runs between the Kushiro and Asahikawa, and Sweets Liner-go (スイーツライナー号) runs between Obihiro and Tancho Kushiro Airport, and Senpoku-go (釧北号), an express bus, runs between the Kitami and the Kushiro, and Akan Airport Liner (阿寒エアポートライナー) runs between Lake Akan and the Tancho Kushiro Airport. Besides, Rent-a-car can be rented around Kushiro Station and Kushiro Airport. An airplane flies between Kushiro Airport and Okadama Air Port, and an airplane flies between the Kushiro Airport and New Chitose Airport.
Kushiro (釧路) that about 170,000 people live is the 5th largest fisheries city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. The Kushiro became incorporated with Akan town (阿寒) and Onbetsu (音別) in 2005, and has became the 3rd largest city by area in the Hokkaido. In Japan, it is the 7th latgest city by the area. The Kushiro is also well-known as a tourist city with rich nature, and has 2 very famous national parks, Kushiro-Shitsugen wetland (釧路湿原), the largest wetland in the Japan, and Lake Akan (阿寒湖) consisted by primeval forests and lava. In addition, the beautiful sunset can be seen, too, and the Kushiro is one of the three major places to see the beautiful setting sun in the world together with Manila in Philippines and Bali in Indonesia. Read More
Animal Houses in Kushiro Zoo
Animal houses at the Kushiro Zoo are as follows. There are Alpaca House, Goat, Sheep and Parrot House, Zoo for Children, Lesser Panda House, African Crested Porcupine House, Birds House, Wapiti and Yezo Deer House, Anthropoid Ape Hosue, Reindeer House, Buffalo House, Raptorial Birds House, Yezo Bear House, Forest of Owls, Monkey Mountain, Bald Eagle House, Fierce Animal House, North American River Otter and American Beaver House, Seal and South American Sea Lion House, Polar Bear House, Ostich House, Grants Zebra House, Reticulatad Giraffe House and Humboldt Penguin House.
2 males and 4 females are bred at Alpaca House (アルパカ舎). Their names of males are Neptune and Pearl. Their names of females are Topaz, Ruby, Elsie and Marble. Originally alpaca inhabit the highlands (4,400-4,800 m above sea level) of the South American Andes. They are a camel family, and have bred as a domestic animal, and their hair is used for clothes. By the way, the alpaca spit at visitors when they threaten the visitors. Their saliva seems to be very stinking. Everybody, please be careful their saliva.
Atmosphere of Alpaca House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Goat, Sheep and Parrot House
3 parrots, 4 goats, 7 sheep are bred at Goat, Sheep and Parrot House (ヤギ・メンヨウ・オウム舎). Their names of the Goats are Clala, Heidi, Yuki and Shiro. Their names of the Sheep are Cherry, Reina, Carene, Paruru, Sakurako, Lolo and Lulu. All of them are female. As for the Sheep, Cheviot Sheep is mixed with Suffolk Sheep. In addition, there is a library for children at the orange building, and visitors can go in and out freely.
Atmosphere of Goat, Sheep and Parrot House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Zoo for Children
Rabbit, Marmota and Indian Peacock are unrestrained at a dome of the Zoo for Children (こども動物園), and Rabbits and Marmots can be touched directly. They are very friendly, they are so cute I can not contain myself. There seems to help the cultivation of aesthetic sentiments to children.
Atmosphere of Zoo for Children Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Lesser Panda House
A pair of Lesser Panda are bred at Lesser Panda House (レッサーパンダ舎). His name is Meimei, and her name is Kouai. Originally, they inhabit bamboo grove at 1,500-4,000 m above sea level around Mount Everest. Because they are called Panda, their staple food is a bamboo leaf. The Kushiro Zoo succeeded in their breeding for the first time in the Japan. They are in an extinction crisis, and visitors can expect their breeding in the future.
Atmosphere of Lesser Panda House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
African Crested Porcupine House
1 African Crested Porcupine is bred at African Crested Porcupine House (アフリカタテガミヤマアラシ舎). Originally, they are nocturnal animal inhabiting in the North Africa. They are a mice family, and an individual seems to live for about 20 years. The length of their needles is about 30 cm, and they rush backward for a foreign enemy. The foreign enemy seems to die by wounds, too. They have formidable ability for attacks.
Atmosphere of African Crested Porcupine House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Falcated Duck, Mandarin Duck, Mallard, Canada Goose and Bean Goose are bred at Birds House (フライングゲージ). All of them are a duck family, and the Bean Goose and the Wild Goose are designated as a natural monument. Unfortunately, visitors will observe them only from the outside because they can not enter the inside.
Atmosphere of Birds House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Wapiti and Yezo Deer House
7 Wapitis and 3 Yezo Deers are bred at Wapiti and Yezo Deer House (ワピチ・エゾシカ舎). They are a deer family. Originally, the Wapiti inhabits the North America. Their body is big, and the average weight of the male exceed 300 kg. An individual seems to live for about 20 years. The only male has horns. Their names of the Yezo Deer are Tenko, Shiichan and Aika. Originally, they inhabit Hokkaido. All of them are taken care of in nature.
Anthropoid Ape House
White-handed Gibbon, Bornean Orangutan, Chimpanzee are bred at Anthropoid Ape Hosue (類人猿舎). All of them are in an extinction crisis. As for the White-handed Gibbon, his name is On, and her name is Miku. He exceeding 55 years old is the oldest white-handed gibbon in the Japan. Originally, they inhabit the dense forest of the Malay Peninsula located in the Southeastern Asian.
Names of the Bornean Orangutan are Rolly, Hina and Rina. All is female. Originally they inhabit the dense forest of the Indonesian Borneo Island. It is said that a strong male orangutan develops a flange around a face, but tourists can not see the state because unfortunately there is not an adult male. As for the Chimpanzee, there are 2 males and 3 females. Their names are Testugoro, Yuminosuke, Yuko and Lily. Originally they inhabit the dense forest of the Central Africa. They are omnivorous animal and seems to eat other monkeys.
Atmosphere of Anthropoid Ape Hosue Can Be Watched on Youtube.
1 male, 1 female and their children are bred at Reindeer House (トナカイ舎). Reindeer is a deer family. Both male and female have horns. Originally, they inhabit the Arctic Circle and are only domesticated animal in the deer family. They succeed in breeding almost every year in the Kushiro Zoo.
Atmosphere of Reindeer House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
1 Buffalo is bred at Buffalo House (アメリカバイソン舎). Her name is Pololo. They are a cow family, and originally inhabit the North America. A big individual seems to be weight over 1,000 kg, and is really heaviness.
Atmosphere of Buffalo House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Raptorial Birds House
Blakiston's Fish-owl, Goshawk, Black Kite, Buzzard and Falcon are bred at Raptorial Birds House (猛禽舎). Originally, the Blakiston's Fish-owls inhabit Hokkaido. There are only 100 individuals in the natural world, and they are in an extinction crisis. The Kushiro Zoo succeed in breeding for the first time in the world.
The Goshawk inhabits the Northern Hemisphere, and is familiar as a hawk used as Takagari in the Japan from old days. The feature is that a female grows larger than a male. The Black Kite inhabits all over the world except the American Continent. They are always seen in the Japan. The Buzzard inhabits the West Europe, the South Africa and the South India. The Falcon inhabits all over the world. They can fly at 300 km per an hour, and fly at a speed about equal to Shinkansen !
Atmosphere of Raptorial Birds House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
I introduce about other animal houses on the next page.
List of Accommodations
Refer to following websites for the accommodations near or in the Kushiro. You can get information regarding online reviews and photos.
I introduce about other animal houses on the next page.
A page of Kushiro is here
A page of 4 Major Zoos in Hokkaido is here
4 Major Zoos in Hokkaido
By the way, Club Tourism (クラブツーリズム), a Japanese tour travel agency, provides various types of tours such as day trip tours or ordinary tours. In the case of bus tours, tourists do not drive their cars themselves, so they can savor alcohol. Choosen tourist attractions are national parks such as Rishiri and Rebun, Shiretoko, and popular tourist places such as Furano and Biei, and some activities such as hiking and fruit picking are also enjoyed depending on seasons. If you are interested in tour trips, you should visit the club tourism's website for details.
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