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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 kind ...

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 Park ...

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 of ...

Toddling polar bear wins fans at Hokkaido zoo

Mar 31, 2015

Toddling polar bear wins fans at Hokkaido zoo

An appealingly playful polar bear has become a major attraction at a zoo in Kushiro, Hokkaido, where onlookers delight in seeing the animal rear up on her hind legs. The 2-year-old bear, named Milk, was born at Oga Aquarium Gao in Oga, Akita Prefecture. She ...

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 to ...

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 the ...

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 raccoons, ...

Keepers teach orphaned elephants to raise young

Dec 16, 2013

Keepers teach orphaned elephants to raise young

by Hisashi Sasaki

African elephants brought to zoos in Japan are often unable to raise their offspring because many lost their parents to poaching by ivory hunters. But they are smart enough to learn from their keepers, said Osamu Shiina, who cares for the animals at a prefectural-run ...