• The Okinawa Times


Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens may have the giant panda cub Xiang Xiang to adore, but a zoo in Okinawa has its own critters to be crazy about: lions.

As of Dec. 24, visitors to Okinawa Zoo & Museum in fiscal 2017, which started in April, totaled 355,932, marking a record high since the park’s renovation over a decade ago. The zoo has attributed the rise in visitors to the popularity of two lions, particularly a 14-month-old white male cub named Seramu.

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