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16 2012

Excursion to Ueno Zoo

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My friend and I went to the Ueno Zoo the day before yesterday, which had planned before my wrist fracture.

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The Ueno Zoo is located within Ueno Park, a large urban park that is home to several museums, a small amusement park, and other attractions.

Founded in 1882, Ueno Zoological Gardens is the oldest zoo in Japan. It has grown over the years, expanded its area to 14.3 ha (35.2 acres) and been the flagship of the Japanese zoo world. Now it's home to over 2600 animals from 464 different species.

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I’m sure the animal housing and other facilities were utterly transformed since the last time I visited it (I cannot remember when), so I could enjoy it as if it was the first time.

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In the Small Mammal House, we can find cute nocturnal animals.

Panda is one of must-see animals at the zoo. Even on weekday, it was full of people in the panda house. I think the zoo is very protective about the animal.

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My favorite was the Petting Zoo where common animals are bred. Goats and sheeps were on the loose and walked freely in the area.

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Among the familiar ones, precious horses live their lives in obscurity in one corner of the Petting Zoo. These are indigenous species that are rare in the current era: Kiso-pony (horse raised in Nagano and Gifu), Tokara- pony (one in Tokara islands in Kagoshima), Noma-pony (one in Noma, Ehime), Yonakuni-pony (one in Yonakuni island in Okinawa).

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These are as big as a pony today. Before thoroughbred horses were introduced in earnest in Meiji era (1868 - 1912), native Japanese horses were small in general. They were used as farm horses, bathorses, carthorses, and so on at that time.

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Getting a poke in my leg and gazing down in surprise, I found this a little love.

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