Giant panda at Ueno zoo showing signs of pregnancy

May 19, 2017

Giant panda at Ueno zoo showing signs of pregnancy

A female giant panda at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo has shown signs of being pregnant, including reduced appetite and longer sleeping times, the zoo’s operator said. If 11-year-old Shin Shin does give birth, the cub will be the first giant panda born at Ueno Zoological ...

Lion mauls keeper at zoo in Nagano

Feb 26, 2017

Lion mauls keeper at zoo in Nagano

A zoo attendant in Nagano Prefecture was attacked and seriously wounded by a 90-kg lion on Sunday. According to police and local authorities, the 22-year-old keeper at a municipal zoo in Komoro was bitten in the chest and other areas several times by the ...

Zoo's rare albino Mississippi gator big draw in Shizuoka

Aug 18, 2016

Zoo's rare albino Mississippi gator big draw in Shizuoka

A zoo in Shizuoka Prefecture is seeing a surge in visitors this summer after it started displaying an entirely white Mississippi alligator. The alligator is a 4-year-old female albino resulting from a mutation. It was brought from Germany and is the first of its ...

Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

Jul 7, 2016

Environment Ministry plans to support zoos breeding rare species

The Environment Ministry is set to start a program to support zoos and botanical gardens making efforts to breed and preserve endangered species, informed sources said Thursday. Few of the zoological and botanical gardens set up by municipalities can cover their costs with admission ...

Zoo animals to be evacuated from quake-hit Kumamoto

Apr 22, 2016

Zoo animals to be evacuated from quake-hit Kumamoto

Carnivores at a zoo in Kumamoto Prefecture, which has been hit hard by a series of powerful earthquakes since last week, are set to take shelter at zoos in nearby prefectures. Cages at Kumamoto City Zoological and Botanical Gardens were damaged by the earthquakes, ...

Chimp caught in residential area after escaping Sendai zoo

Apr 14, 2016

Chimp caught in residential area after escaping Sendai zoo

A chimpanzee that escaped from a Sendai zoo was caught Thursday afternoon in a nearby residential area after being shot with a tranquilizer gun and falling from power lines. The male chimpanzee Chacha was one of the five chimpanzees kept at the Yagiyama Zoological ...