Tag - zoos



Giant panda Lei Lei at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo's Taito Ward on May 20
Jun 17, 2024
Clock ticking for transfer of Tokyo giant panda cub twins to China
The likelihood of the transfer is expected to rise when the twins — who turn 3 on June 23 — reach an age at which they can breed.
Tan Tan was supposed to be sent back to China in 2020, but her return was delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
JAPAN / Society
Apr 1, 2024
Japan’s oldest panda, Tan Tan, dies at 28
The giant panda leased from China lived in Kobe Oji Zoo for 24 years as a symbol of recovery from the 1995 Great Hanshin Earthquake.
Oji Zoo in Kobe said Wednesday that it will delay the return of a giant female panda named Tan Tan to China by another year as the animal undergoes medical treatment.
Dec 28, 2023
Kobe zoo postpones return of aging panda to China for a year
The panda came to the zoo in 2000 from China for breeding purposes.
As many as 31 squirrels at the Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo are believed to have been accidentally killed with anti-parasitic medicine this month.
Dec 12, 2023
Tokyo zoo probes suspected mass squirrel poisoning after 31 die
Keepers at the zoo injected the animals with anti-parasitic medicine earlier this month as part of a sanitary precaution.
Miwa Takahashi pets a guinea pig at a Dreamnight at the Zoo event at the Chausuyama Zoo in Nagano in August.
Nov 30, 2023
Dreamnight program enables disabled children to enjoy zoo visits
Kick-started by a zoo in the Netherlands in 1996, the Dreamnight at the Zoo initiative has percolated worldwide, including in Japan.
A giant panda at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington during one of its last days on American soil. Pandas Tian Tian, Mei Xiang and Xiao Qi Ji were returned to China on Nov. 8 upon Beijing's request.
Nov 14, 2023
Pandas don’t play diplomatic hard ball like China does
Panda diplomacy is endangered, with the forced return of three bears from Washington to China an exercise in "dumb power."
Xiang Xiang the giant panda was put on public view on Sunday for the first time since returning to China in February.
JAPAN / Society
Oct 10, 2023
Japan-born panda Xiang Xiang makes public debut in China
In a video posted to Weibo by a giant panda research center in Sichuan Province, the female panda can be seen leisurely eating bamboo shoots.
Tohoku Safari Park in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture, on Thursday
Sep 29, 2023
Zoo worker dies after apparent lion attack in Fukushima
Kenichi Kato, 53, was found bleeding from the neck in the lion cage at Tohoku Safari Park in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Regional Voices: Hokkaido
Nov 21, 2022
Hokkaido zoos and aquariums struggle to cope as feed and energy prices rise
The facilities are unable to reduce the amount of feed or fuel they use without impacting animal welfare.
Japan Times
Nov 8, 2022
Elephant breeding efforts failing despite big moves by Japanese zoos
As importing the animals is not realistic, there are fears that the Japanese public may soon never have the opportunity to see the species again in the country.
Japan Times
May 17, 2022
Zoos in Japan struggle to procure feed for grass-eating animals
While zoos in Japan rely mostly on hay imports, shipping companies give low priority to the animal feed due to low returns on a per-unit basis.
Japan Times
Jan 6, 2022
Tiger attacks three staff members at Japan safari park; one loses hand
The police are investigating if there were any safety flaws at the Tochigi park after its operator said it had failed to confirm that the tiger was in its enclosure the previous day.
Japan Times
Jun 4, 2021
Giant panda at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo may be pregnant
Shin Shin, 15, has already produced one cub, the now 3-year-old Xiang Xiang.
Japan Times
May 23, 2021
Iwate zoo grapples with backlash over animal euthanasia program
Zoomo in Iwate Prefecture has drawn criticism with the disclosure of its euthanasia program for sick creatures.
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2020
Black panther injures zookeeper in Kagoshima
A female staff member suffered scratch wounds on her head and arms Tuesday when a black panther attacked her through a fence in a zoo in the southwestern city of Kagoshima, the zoo operator said.
Japan Times
Dec 10, 2020
Tokyo panda Xiang Xiang's return to China pushed back by pandemic
Tokyo Metropolitan Government has agreed with Chinese authorities to push back through next May the return of Xiang Xiang, the popular female offspring of a giant panda couple on loan from China, amid the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Thursday.
Japan Times
Oct 22, 2020
Endangered Japanese crane population on the rise in Hokkaido
The iconic bird, which symbolizes longevity and good luck, was almost wiped out in the late 1800s and early 1900s.
Japan Times
Oct 17, 2020
Zoo closures put conservation programs in jeopardy
Animal welfare and research facilities around the world are feeling the financial pinch of the coronavirus pandemic.
Japan Times
Oct 2, 2020
Tokyo to extend lease on giant panda Xiang Xiang's parents
Tokyo is set to extend the lease on a giant panda couple on loan from China, while their popular female offspring Xiang Xiang will depart the Japanese capital as planned by the end of the year, Gov. Yuriko Koike said Friday.
Japan Times
Sep 23, 2020
Taiwan offers Japan endangered rhino to help save species
The animal, named Emma, will be sent to its new home in Saitama Prefecture in March.


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