Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto

Feb 28, 2015

Young elephants donated by Laos go on display in Kyoto

Four young elephants donated last year by Laos went on public display at Kyoto City zoo on Saturday ahead of Laotian Prime Minister Thongsing Thammavong’s visit to Japan from Wednesday. The three female and one male Asian elephants, ages 3 to 7, were delivered ...

Oldest tiger in Japan dies at 22 years old

Feb 16, 2015

Oldest tiger in Japan dies at 22 years old

The nation’s oldest captive tiger has died of natural causes at an animal park at the age of 22, or equivalent to more than 90 human years, a park official said. The female tiger, who was called “Meru,” was born in May 1992 at ...

Zookeeper reconnects humans and nature

Jul 14, 2014

Zookeeper reconnects humans and nature

by Hisashi Sasaki

Visitors to the Toyama Municipal Family Park Zoo won’t find popular exotic animals such as elephants or lions. Instead they can reconnect with a natural environment they’re already familiar with. The zoo is dedicated to animal and insect species long present in Japan, including ...

Zookeeper helps pad the rhino digs

Nov 19, 2013

Zookeeper helps pad the rhino digs

by Hisashi Sasaki

To help save the rhino from extinction, a young keeper at Kanazawa Zoo is striving to make the captive environment for the mammals as close to what their natural habitat in the wild would be. “I hope visitors to our zoo will sense the ...

Ueno Zoo to draw curtain on pandas angling to mate

Mar 7, 2013

Ueno Zoo to draw curtain on pandas angling to mate

Two giant pandas will be removed from public view Thursday because they appear to have entered the mating season, Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo said Wednesday. The zoo added that it will decide within about two weeks whether to start showing the 7-year-old mammals again. On ...