- October 20th, 2014
[Obihiro Zoo] The 2nd Oldest Zoo in Hokkaido
Obihiro Zoo (帯広動物園) is a zoo in Midorigaoka Park (緑ヶ丘公園) located in the center of Obihiro city, and is the 2nd oldest zoo after Maruyama Zoo (円山動物園) in Hokkaido, and has opened a business since 1963. It is well-known as a zoo that established a method to breed tropical animals in the cold Hokkaido for the first time in Japan. About 73 kinds of 400 animals are bred at the Obihiro Zoo. In addition, there is an amusement park at the zoo, and Mini Steam Locomotion Benkeigo (弁慶号) goes around the amusement park. Strollers and wheelchairs are provided, too, and those are free rental.
Animal houses at the Obihiro Zoo are as follows. There are Birds House, Japanese Monkey Mountain, Indian Elephant House, Somali Giraffe and Chapman's Zebra House, Polar Bear House, Sheep House, Little Child Farm House, Eagle and Hawk House, Whooper Swan and Whistling Swan House, Harbor Seal House, California Sea Lion House, Lion House, Condor Owl House, Amur Tiger House, American Buffalo House, American Beaver, Japanese Rat Snake, Chinese Pond Turtle House, Yezo Deer House, Red Kangaroo House, New Monkey House, Miniature Horse House, Llama House and Hippopotamus House.
Atmosphere of Obihiro Zoo Can Be Watched on Youtube.
A highway bus "Potato Liner (ポテトライナー)" runs between the Obihiro and the Sapporo, and a express bus "North Liner-go (ノースライナー号)" runs between the Obihiro and Asahikawa.
List of Highway Bus
Refer to following companies for the highway bus service between Obihiro and Sapporo or Asahikawa.
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Sapporo to Obihiro|
|Chuo Bus(中央バス)||From Obihiro to Sapporo|
|Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス)||From Asahikawa to Obihiro|
|Takushoku Bus(拓殖バス)||From Obihiro to Asahikawa|
Obihiro (帯広) that about 170,000 people live is the 6th largest commercial city in Hokkaido, and is one of regional hub cities of the Eastern Hokkaido area. It has flourished as the center of the Tokachi district. The Obihiro is also a stockyard for agricultural products in whole Tokachi district, and Potato, Beet, Wheat and Chinese Yam are famous as a local product. As for a climate, it is hot that temperature rises to nearly 30 degrees in a summer, and it is cold that temperature falls to nearly -20 degrees in a winter. It has a large temperature gap, but it has less snow relatively in the Hokkaido. Therefore skating is popular in the winter. Mr. Hiroyasu Shimizu, an olympic gold medalist, come from the Obihiro, and there is much competition population of the skating. Read More
Animal Houses in Obihiro Zoo
Around Birds House
Small birds such as Fantail Pigeon, Japanese Hawfinch, European Greenfinch and Brown-eared Bulbul are bred at the Birds House (鳥類舎). Blue Peacock, Fantail Pigeon, Mandarin Duck, Pelican and Flamingo are bred around the Birds House. The Fantail Pigeon is a domestic animal that a domestic pigeon was improved ornamental, and is bred in groups. A figure with opening their wings resembled Indian Peacock, and it was named so. Originally they inhabit in the India. White appearance looks beautiful. 3 Blue Peacocks, 1 male and 2 famales, are bred at the Blue Peacock House. Originally they inhabit in the India. An individual seems to live for 20 years. It is famous for having beautiful male decoration wings. The male that opens its wings is only courtship. It has most courtship from May to June.
2 Pelicans, mated pair, are bred at the Pelican House. They originally live in the North Africa, the Southeastern Africa and the Asia. 3 kinds of Flamingos, Phoenicopterus Ruber, European Flamingo and Chilean Flamingo are bred at the Flamingo House. They originally inhabit in the West Asia, the Africa, the South America. The Chilean Flamingo is in danger of dying out.
Atmosphere of Birds House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Japanese Monkey Mountain
Japanese Monkeies are bred in groups on the Japanese Monkey Mountain (ニホンザル舎). Their faces and buttocks are red, and they have cheek pouches. They inhabit in the main islands of Japan except the Hokkaido originally.
Atmosphere of Japanese Monkey Mountain Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Indian Elephant House
Indian Elephant is one of the most famous animals at the Obihiro Zoo, and is only one Elephant in the Hokkaido (* The Maruyama Zoo is planning to breed elephants in 2019). Her name is Nana. They inhabit in the South India originally, and are in danger of extinction. She came to the Obihiro Zoo in 1964. Because half a century passes soon, I am amazed by long time. An individual seems to live for 80 years.
Atmosphere of Indian Elephant House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Somali Giraffe and Chapman's Zebra House
3 Somali Giraffe and 1 Chapman's Zebra are bred at Somali Giraffe and Chapman's Zebra House (アミメキリンとチャップマンシマウマ舎). As for names of the Somali Giraffe, the male is Musashi, and the female is Ribbon. A child was born recently. They are in danger of extinction, so this is glad news. They inhabit in the Africa originally. The name of the Chapman's Zebra is Chantilly. They inhabit in the South Africa originally. Their skin is not a striped pattern if hair of the Zebra is shaved. Colors of the hair itself are the striped pattern.
Atmosphere of Somali Giraffe Haouse Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Polar Bear House
2 Polar Bears are bred at the Polar Bear House (北極熊舎). Their names are Aira and Ikoro. They inhabit along the North Pole Coast. An individual seems to live for 40 years. They are in danger of extinction. Their staple food is Harbor Seal.
Atmosphere of Polar Bear House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
2 Sheeps cross between Cheviot and Suffolk are bred at the Sheep House (ヒツジ舎). Their names are Wata and Mocha. The sheeps inhabit all over the world. There was a goat for some reason, too.
Atmosphere of Sheep House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Small Animal House
1 Raccoon, 1 North Fox and 2 Yezo Raccoon Dogs are bred at the Small Animal House (小獣舎). Names of the Yezo Racoon Dogs are Kuro and Shiro. They inhabit in the Hokkaido originally. Name of the Racoon is Maru. They inhabit in the North America originally.
Farm for Little Children
Rabbit, Marmot and Goat are bred at the Farm for Little Children (ちびっこファーム). They are quiet animals, and tourists can come in contact with animals although the tourists are adults.
Atmosphere of Farm for Little Children Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Eagle and Hawk House
Buzzard, Black Kite, Steller's Sea Eagle Goshawk and White-Tailed Sea Eagle are bred at the Eagle and Hawk House (ワシ・タカ舎). All the birds are a hawk family. The Buzzard inhabits in the Eurasian Continent and Africa. The Black Kite inhabits in the Eurasian Continent, the Europe, the Africa and the Oceania. The Steller's Sea-eagles inhabit along the Kamchatka Coast. An individual seems to live for 50 years. They are in an extinction crisis. The White-tailed Sea Eagles inhabit in the Eurasian Continent and the Europe. An individual seems to live for 50 years. The Goshawk inhabits in the North America, the North Eurasian Continent and the Europe. They can fly at 130 km per hour. Too fast...
Atmosphere of Eagle and Hawk House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
Harbor Seal House
2 Harbor Seals are bred at the Harbor Seal House (ゴマフアザラシ舎). As for their names, a male is Kai, and a female is Hana. The harbor seal inhabits in the Alaska and Kamchatka, Japan originally.
Atmosphere of Harbor Seal House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
California Sea Lion House
1 male California Sea Lion is bred at the California Sea Lion House (カリフォルニアアシカ舎). His name is Takeru. Originally the California Sea Lion inhabits along the California Coast. A big individual seems to be height over 250 cm, and seems to be weight over 300 kg.
Atmosphere of California Sea Lion House Can Be Watched on Youtube.
The next page introduces other animal houses.
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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