Farewell, Johnny: Japan's oldest chimpanzee dies at 69

National Jan 16, 2019

Farewell, Johnny: Japan's oldest chimpanzee dies at 69

Johnny, Japan's oldest chimpanzee, has died at the estimated age of 69, a zoo in Kobe said Tuesday. The African-born male chimp had seen his appetite diminish since around September and he had been staying inside his sleeping chamber since 2017 due to age-related health ...

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

National Jan 8, 2019

Life of a panda breeder in Japan is no walk in the park

by Ayano Shimizu

Despite the workload and responsibility, being a giant panda breeder at a zoo is something 37-year-old Kimiyo Shintani takes great pride in. Shintani's day centers around six giant pandas, including a 4-month-old female cub, kept at the Adventure World amusement park in the small resort ...

China and Japan set to agree on panda lease during Abe's visit

National Oct 20, 2018

China and Japan set to agree on panda lease during Abe's visit

China and Japan are expected to reach a broad agreement on panda leasing during Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's visit to Beijing next week, bilateral sources said Friday. The agreement would come amid a marked improvement in Sino-Japanese relations. This year marks the 40th anniversary of ...

Tokyo's Ueno Zoo celebrates birth of western gorilla

National Oct 10, 2017

Tokyo's Ueno Zoo celebrates birth of western gorilla

A western gorilla, considered a critically endangered species, has given birth at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, its operator said Tuesday. Momoko, 34, delivered her baby on Monday morning, the zoo said, adding that the mother and the baby are in good health. The newborn's sex remains ...

Rare ptarmigan chicks hatched in breeding program at Toyama zoo

National Jun 18, 2017

Rare ptarmigan chicks hatched in breeding program at Toyama zoo

Two artificially incubated rock ptarmigan eggs have hatched in a government-backed breeding program, according to zoo officials in the city of Toyama. It was the first time that eggs from captive-bred birds of the species, similar to pheasants and grouse, were artificially incubated and hatched ...

Panda pair at Ueno Zoo confirmed to have mated

National Feb 27, 2017

Panda pair at Ueno Zoo confirmed to have mated

Hope for a new baby panda grew Monday as officials confirmed that a pair of giant pandas at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo had mated for the first time in four years. They said female panda Shin Shin and male Ri Ri, both 11, mated after ...