Album
Info

Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan April 2014

Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan April 2014

On the fourth day, we went to the Ueno Zoo (恩賜上野動物園) which is a 35-acre zoo, managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It is Japan's oldest zoo, opening on March 20, 1882. The Ueno Zoo Monorail, the first monorail in the country, connects the eastern and western parts of the grounds. The zoo is in Ueno Park, a large urban park that is home to museums, a small amusement park, and other attractions. The zoo provides animals an environment similar to the natural habitat. In recent years, the old-fashioned cages of the past have been replaced with modern habitats, such as the "Gorilla Woods. The zoo is home to more than 2600 individuals representing over 460 species. The Sumatran tiger, and western lowland gorilla head the list of the zoo's population. Ueno has more species on exhibition than any other zoo in Japan. The zoo also have zebras, Japanese macaques, red-crowned cranes, White-tailed eagles and King Penguins, along with goats, sheep, pigs, ostriches, and rabbits. In the main photo is a Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda) found in the Ueno Zoo. Locally common in southern parts of its range, the Ruddy Kingfisher is rare in Japan, where it is highly sought after by birders. Ruddy Kingfishers inhabit forested areas from the temperate to tropical zones, often in thick jungles and rainforests.  
 
After the death of Giant panda Ling Ling in 2008, Ueno Zoo was without a member of this species for the first time since 1972. Two new giant pandas arrived from the Chinese Wolong Nature Reserve in February 2011. The male panda, Billy (比力 ビーリー) was renamed in Ueno to Līlī (力力 リーリー) to emphasize his playful vitality. The female's name Siennyu (仙女 シィエンニュ ‘Fairy’) was changed to Shinshin (真真 シンシン), referring to purity (純真) and innocenfce (天真). The new names were based on a public poll. Other animals include the Red panda, the Sumatran tiger, the Asiatic lion, the Western lowland gorilla, the Polar bear, the Asian elephant, the Reticulated Giraffe, the American Bison, otters, the red fox, bats, toucans, tapirs, kangaroos, fennec fox, the pygmy hippo, the hippo, the okapi, anteaters, crocodiles, turtles, flamingos, lemurs, pelicans, puffins and the White rhinoceros.



Ueno Zoo Tokyo Japan April 2014

On the fourth day, we went to the Ueno Zoo (恩賜上野動物園) which is a 35-acre zoo, managed by the Tokyo Metropolitan Government. It is Japan's oldest zoo, opening on March 20, 1882. The Ueno Zoo Monorail, the first monorail in the country, connects the eastern and western parts of the grounds. The zoo is in Ueno Park, a large urban park that is home to museums, a small amusement park, and other attractions. The zoo provides animals an environment similar to the natural habitat. In recent years, the old-fashioned cages of the past have been replaced with modern habitats, such as the "Gorilla Woods. The zoo is home to more than 2600 individuals representing over 460 species. The Sumatran tiger, and western lowland gorilla head the list of the zoo's population. Ueno has more species on exhibition than any other zoo in Japan. The zoo also have zebras, Japanese macaques, red-crowned cranes, White-tailed eagles and King Penguins, along with goats, sheep, pigs, ostriches, and rabbits. In the main photo is a Ruddy Kingfisher (Halcyon coromanda) found in the Ueno Zoo. Locally common in southern parts of its range, the Ruddy Kingfisher is rare in Japan, where it is highly sought after by birders. Ruddy Kingfishers inhabit forested areas from the temperate to tropical zones, often in thick jungles and rainforests.  
 
After the death of Giant panda Ling Ling in 2008, Ueno Zoo was without a member of this species for the first time since 1972. Two new giant pandas arrived from the Chinese Wolong Nature Reserve in February 2011. The male panda, Billy (比力 ビーリー) was renamed in Ueno to Līlī (力力 リーリー) to emphasize his playful vitality. The female's name Siennyu (仙女 シィエンニュ ‘Fairy’) was changed to Shinshin (真真 シンシン), referring to purity (純真) and innocenfce (天真). The new names were based on a public poll. Other animals include the Red panda, the Sumatran tiger, the Asiatic lion, the Western lowland gorilla, the Polar bear, the Asian elephant, the Reticulated Giraffe, the American Bison, otters, the red fox, bats, toucans, tapirs, kangaroos, fennec fox, the pygmy hippo, the hippo, the okapi, anteaters, crocodiles, turtles, flamingos, lemurs, pelicans, puffins and the White rhinoceros.