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 ...

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

May 28, 2015

Taiji dolphin fishermen vow to continue slaughter

Fishermen in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, vowed Wednesday to continue their dolphin hunt, despite a pledge by zoos and aquariums not to buy animals caught with the controversial method. “We will never stop it,” Yoshifumi Kai of the local fisheries cooperative told reporters. The news ...

Zoos, aquariums vote on Taiji dolphins; outcome due Wednesday

May 19, 2015

Zoos, aquariums vote on Taiji dolphins; outcome due Wednesday

Members of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums finished voting Tuesday on whether to remain part of a global zoo body that suspended the association over the acquisition of dolphins caught in drive hunts off the town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. The outcome ...