- May 6th, 2014
[Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo] Polar Bear Is Most Popular Animal in Oldest Zoo in Hokkaido
Animal Houses in Maruyama Zoo
Tropical Rain Forest House
Tropical Rain Forest House is one of Wakwak Asia Zone (わくわくアジアゾーン). Sun Bear, Lion-tailed Macaque, Black Macaque Monkey, Leucopsar Rothschildi, Silvery Gibbon, Asian Small-clawed Otter, Asian Arowana, Malaysia Tapir, Orii Fruit Bat are bred at the Tropical Rain Forest House. Visitors can observe various animals in the Southeast Asia rain forest. A lot of animal species are in extinction crisis.
Atmosphere of Tropical Rain Forest House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
High Mountain House
High Mountain House (高山館) is one of the Wakwak Asia Zone. Lesser Panda and Himalayan Bear are bred at the High Mountain House. The Lesser Panda inhabits mountains in China. The length is about 60 cm. A staple food is a bamboo leaf. A passage to a cage of the Lesser Panda is built in the air, and visitors seem to look up the Lesser Panda from the bottom. Another name of Himalayan Bear is Asiatic Black Bear. They inhabit the Southeast Asia and the Japan, but they do not inhabit the Hokkaido. A big individual seems to be height over 180 cm. A staple food is fruit, but they can eat anything. Both animals are in extinction crisis.
Atmosphere of High Mountain House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Frozen Zone House
The Frozen Zone House is one of the Wakwak Asia Zone. Amur Tiger and Snow Leopard are bred at the Frozen Zone House. The Amur Tiger inhabits along Amur River, and seems to be height over 250 cm. Staple foods are Wild Boar and Deer, but they sometimes eat bears. The Snow Leopard inhabits the Central Asia, and seems to be height over 150 cm. Staple foods are Deer and Wild Boar. I was really surprised at their size when I look at their bodies. Though they are a cat family, it is different from the cat after all. Both animals are in extinction crisis.
Atmosphere of Frozen Zone House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Tropical Animal House
Hippopotamus, Eland, Masai Giraffe, Grant's Zebra, Ostrich, Lion, Serval, Spotted Hyena, Sloth Bear are bred at the Tropical Animal House. They inhabit the Africa mainly. I thought that the Hippopotamus is slow, but it has a violent temper, and seems to be weight over 260 kg. In addition, the Ostrich is the largest bird in the world, and seems to be height over 230 cm.
Atmosphere of Tropical Animal House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
About 80 monkeys are bred on the Monkey Mountain. Japanese Macaque inhabits the Japan, but they do not inhabit the Hokkaido. The height is about 60 cm. They have been designated a natural monument in the Japan according to each region. They ate feed and did grooming when I visited.
Atmosphere of Monkey Mountain Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Forest of Owl and Hawk
American Long-eared Owl, Yezo Ural Owl, Snowy Owl, Black Kite, Goshawk, Buzzard are breed at the Forest of Owl and Hawk. The Snowy Owl is famous for appearing on Harry Potter.
Giant Kangaroo, Slow Loris, Galah, Rosella, Domestic Rabbit are bred at the Kangaroo House. They inhabit around Australia. The Giant Kangaroo seems to be height over 130 cm, and can run at 60 km per hour. That is like a car. But, unfortunately, I could not see an active side of the kangaroo whether a place was too narrow.
Atmosphere of Kangaroo House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Raptorial Bird House
Eurasia Eagle Owl, Steller's Sea-eagle, Golden Eagle, White-tailed Sea Eagle are bred at the Raptorial Bird House. They are big birds with 1 m in height and are heroic, but the birds are surround by net of a cage, and I was sorry that I could not take a picture beautifully. The White-tailed Sea Eagle has been designated a natural monument in the Japan.
Atmosphere of Raptorial Birds House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Zoo for Children
The Zoo for Children is roughly divided into 4 sections, Squirrel Monkey Dome (リスザルドーム), Forest of Dosanko (ドサンコの森), Forest of Beaver (ビーバーの森) and another one. The Squirrel Monkey is bred at the Squirrel Monkey Dome. The Yezo Flying Squirrel, Yezo Raccoon Dog, Yezo Squirrel, Yezo Snow Rabbit are bred at the Forest of Dosanko. The other animals such as Guinea Pig, Chinese Goose, Duck, Silky Fowl, Okina Japanese Bantam, Japanese Long-tailed Fowl, Red Jungle Fowl, White Japanese Bantam, Ohiki, White Echigo Nanjing Gamefowl, Miniature Horse, Sheep are bred. Tourists come close to the animals, and can observe animal's expression and gesture closely. I think that not only children but also adults can enjoy the zoo.
Atmosphere of Zoo for Children Can Be Watched on Youtube.
|Admission fee||Adult: JPY 600. Junior high school students and younger: Free of charge|
|Parking lot||Pay parking is not provided|
|Business hours||Summer season 09:00-17:00
Winter season 09:00-16:00
|Regular closing day||December 29, December 30, December 31|
|Home page||Home page is here|
|Mapcode||9 457 821*08|
A page of Sapporo 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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