Thousands of juvenile salmon dead at aquarium after Hokkaido quake

National Sep 11, 2018

Thousands of juvenile salmon dead at aquarium after Hokkaido quake

The powerful earthquake that rocked Hokkaido and knocked out electricity across the prefecture last week also affected aquarium and zoo operations, with one facility losing thousands of juvenile salmon, known as parr, because it failed to maintain the oxygen supply for its tanks. The magnitude ...

Giant tortoise on the run no more

National Aug 16, 2017

Giant tortoise on the run no more

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Two weeks after going on the lam, a giant tortoise that went missing from a zoo in Okayama Prefecture has been found safe and sound in bushes about 140 meters away from the spot where she made her getaway. The man and his teenage son, ...

Giant panda at Ueno zoo showing signs of pregnancy

National 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 Gardens ...

Zoo's rare albino Mississippi gator big draw in Shizuoka

National 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 kind ...