Thursday, October 22, 2009

Asahiyama Zoo...

I haven't been keen on the idea of going to a zoo after living in Kenya... but when we were passing through Asahikawa on the way home from the Mushroom festival and had a bit of time to kill, I decided to see what a Japanese zoo was like!


The first thing I did notice was how cute everything was (surprise surprise)... from the signs, to the drinking fountains to the trash cans to the vending machines to the.... to the.....
































The other thing I really liked about the zoo was all of the viewing tubes and tunnels that weaved in and out of each habitat.... we watched the penguins and seals jump, dive, feed and play around us...



































The monkey tube was fun too.... but it was more of a crap smearing tube with foggy views and cheeky monkeys...














They also had little spaceship pod viewing spots within the habitats... we got soooo lucky with the wolf sightings and other animals!!!

Another thing they had was all sorts of bizarre tightrope walks and ladders that went overhead of the walkways... you just have to learn to look up and duck or dodge when the timings right.

I'm glad I didn't give up on zoos altogether after Kenya... it was a cute zoo and heaps of fun... but of course it paled in comparison to watching the animals on safari in East Africa. ;-)