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Zoos and Petting Zoos

Japan With Kids - Forums: General Discussions: Zoos and Petting Zoos

By Alison on Thursday, July 1, 1999 - 5:44 pm:

Is there a petting zoo in Tokyo that has small fuzzy things that a 2 year could play with? Ueno zoo has a petting zoo but only seems to have big goats and sheep.


By Kayoko Kaneko on Saturday, July 3, 1999 - 1:19 am:

Do you know the Inokashita Shizen Bunnka-en
near the Kichijoji station on JR Inokashira line?
There are a zoo, small amusement park,etc....
You can see so many squirrels and am10:00 - pm3:00, you can go into squirrels house.

Next,Arakawa Amusement park in Arakawa-ku.
This is very nice for preschool kids. Of course, there is small zoo you can touch.Above all, it is very reasonable, 100 yen for adults. In summer, there is nice place to play in water.
We will go to there this summer with my lovely kids(3 years old boy and 1 year old )


By Cornelia on Saturday, July 3, 1999 - 12:13 pm:

Arakawa Amusement Park - Arakawa Yuenchi
6-35-11 Nishiogu, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
(03) 3893-6003
-------- To get there:
JR Keihin Tohoku Line or the Namboku subway line to Oji Station.
Change to Toden Arakawa Streetcar Line to Arakawa Yuenchimai Station.
The Toden Arakawa line is the last operating tram line in Tokyo and can also be caught at Otsuka station on the JR Yamanote line.
A taxi from Tabata station on the JR Yamanote line is also a reasonable approach.

Itabashi Ward Children's Zoo
3-50-1 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
(03) 3963-8003
-------- To get there:
Goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, etc. & pony rides at 10:30 and 13:30. Admission free, free guinea pig cuddles, free pony ride, everything free.
7 minute walk from Itabashi Kuyakushomae Station on the TOEI Mita line (crosses the JR Yamanote line at Sugamo station.)


By Natasha on Monday, December 8, 2003 - 12:08 pm:

We visited Ueno zoo (Tokyo) yesterday and we entered by the Ikenohata Gate (closest to Nezu station on the Chiyoda subway line). For some reason the ticket machines had the buttons for 12-14 years old and seniors 65 and up covered so I think free. Kids under 12 are free anyway and adults are Y600. We left via the Main Gate into Ueno Park and there the ticket machines were fully working for all age groups.

Anyway, they had some piglets in their petting zoo area. So that was a hit since Babe is a favorite movie. They also had hatching chicks (not to touch). Amazingly for a Sunday with beautiful weather it was not too crowded and we also got to see fruit bats which were very recently covered at school. The new Elephant enclosure is not finished yet and the monorail was not operational (fine with me since it costs too much, so at least there was no argument).

Closed Mondays, except when Monday is a holiday in which case closed on the Tuesday after.
Hours 9:30 - 17:00 but entrances closed at 16:00.


By Janine Parker on Tuesday, October 25, 2005 - 9:27 pm:

Hi,

I came across some old posts (1999) about petting zoos for kids. Does anyone know if these 3 places are still open?

Inokashita Shizen Bunnka-en
near the Kichijoji station on JR Inokashira line?
There is a zoo, small amusement park,etc....

Arakawa Amusement Park - Arakawa Yuenchi
6-35-11 Nishiogu, Arakawa-ku, Tokyo
(03) 3893-6003
Petting zoo, kids summer water play area

Itabashi Ward Children's Zoo
3-50-1 Itabashi, Itabashi-ku, Tokyo
(03) 3963-8003
-------- To get there:
Goats, chickens, ducks, sheep, etc. & pony rides at 10:30 and 13:30. Admission free, free guinea pig cuddles, free pony ride, everything free.
7 minute walk from Itabashi Kuyakushomae Station on the TOEI Mita line (crosses the JR Yamanote line at Sugamo station.)

Thanks


By Cornelia on Wednesday, October 26, 2005 - 8:05 am:

Dear Janine,
They closed the little aquarium at Iitabashi (and it was wonderful with turtles to hold and touch, not too big, free) but I think the rest is still open. It's city owned and operated so you could call Iitabashi-ku ward office to make sure. There is a list of Tokyo's ward offcies under the FYI section (in top menu).


By Natasha on Wednesday, November 9, 2011 - 5:22 pm:

YOKOHAMA Nogeyama Zoo is showing a bit of wear, and some of the enclosures are not updated to reflect modern zoo philosophy, BUT it charmingly winds around the top of a steep hill, has a petting zoo with set times, is free, and has a surprisingly large menage of animals, many of which have some interesting characteristics.

Very close to the entrance you will see the red panda couple who are clearly totally co-dependent, or at least the one continuously follows the other around!

The male lion is full of piss and vinegar. He likes to mount a wood platform, claw the wood and stretch his back and then spray through the bars at the crowd with urine and marking scent, before returning to some loving smooching with his female.

The 15 year old female giraffe has inwardly twisted front legs, and grows horrendously long hoof nails. To navigate she must swing her legs out a bit. Kasume, her new keeper (as of April this year), is training her to be allowed to get at her hooves in order to file them down. She hopes to accomplish this within another 12 months. Kasumi has just recently been able to touch Ms. Giraffe's front legs using food as a distraction. The next steps are to lengthen the time of contact, and then introduce the rather large file.

There are a couple of playful monkey colonies such as the lemurs and the Cebus Apella which are a riot to observe. And of course turtles, native snakes, boa, caiman, lizards, zebra, ostrich, tiger, camel, bears, eagles, and plenty more to see! What would a Japanese zoo be without the "Tanuki", the native Japanese raccoon-dog character, famous for various notorious escapades in Japanese stories.

Zoos are suffering a decline in Japan, because parents are tired when they come home from work (with more and more mothers working outside the home). The kiddies have plenty of other ways to stay entertained (electronic games, television, etc), BUT I guarantee that after a day at the zoo, your child will go to bed, and will sleep like a baby!

There is a retirement farm for zoo animals discarded by the many municipal zoos that are closing their doors. It is funded mostly by donations.

Nogeyama Zoo deserves to be visited! It is up the hill from JR Sakuragicho station (you can walk up Dobutsuendori towards the betting area (active on horse-racing days) and then start the climb. There is a bus, but it only runs twice an hour, so I walk (about 15 minutes).

Hinodecho station on the JR Keihin Tohoku line is closer and will cut 5-6 minutes off your walk. But you'll want to bring a map of the area.

Web site (Japanese): http://www2.nogeyama-zoo.org/
Tel: 045-231-1307
Open from 9:30 to 16:30 (gate closes at 16:00)
Petting small animals area:
9:45 - 11:45
12;15 - 14:15
14:45 - 16:15
Please do not bring your pets, and take your trash home with you!
Managed by Yokohama Greenery Foundation
red panda


By Karinayc1 on Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 8:52 am:

Yes, Ive read about some animals pacing back and forth exhibiting abnormal behavior , especially the elephant here in the Chiba zoo . It may be because of the decrease of revenue but found an interesting article :

The living conditions at these attractions are often dismal, with animals confined to tiny, filthy, barren enclosures, but even the best artificial environments can't come close to matching the space, diversity, and freedom that animals have in their natural habitats. This deprivation\combined with relentless boredom, loneliness, and sometimes even abuse from the people who are supposed to be caring for them\causes many captive animals to literally lose their minds. Animals with this condition, called "zoochosis," often rock, sway, or pace endlessly, and some even mutilate themselves.

Zoos claim to promote education, but the only thing to be learned at these sad facilities is how animals who want to be free act when they are confined. Zoochosis is so rampant that some zoos even resort to administering mood-altering drugs such as Prozac to address the public's complaints about abnormal behaviors.


By Natasha on Thursday, November 10, 2011 - 11:15 pm:

Ms. Giraffe at Nogeyama Zoo is doing well. She would not be alive in the wild with her defective physiognomy.

Yes, it is a less than perfect world. The zoo debate is raging. More than half the world thinks the remaining part is insane for making such a fuss about a bunch of animals, when there are so many humans suffering and dying. It's difficult, isn't it? In the meantime, are the animals in the zoos to be euthanized and the zoos closed? Even the ones with this "Zoochosis" are unfit to be re-introduced into the wild. I think zoos still serve a purpose beyond showing "how animals who want to be free act when they are confined". I am reminded of the first few chapters of a book, though it is fiction, called _Life of Pi_ by Martel Yann.


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