Ueno Zoo #1 – Cute Grass Eaters

Pandas, giraffes, elephants, rhinos, zebras...and more!

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 2 min read

About 400 species of animals live in the oldest zoo in Japan, Ueno Zoo (established in 1882). Among them, the most popular animal here is the Giant Panda. Everyone loves its chubby round body and cute actions (See video 0:00-0:30).

When I was here, an elephant was gracefully eating green grass (0:44-0:55). He chewed very well. Barbary sheep and zebras live together in the same area. Two Barbary sheep locked horns together. I wasn't sure if they were just playing or seriously fighting. Then a zebra slowly walked by before them (0:56-1:09). It seemed like the zebra was trying to calm them down.

A giraffe walked at the same measured pace without rest (1:10-1:17)!

The body of the rhinoceros looked to be wrapped in armor (1:18-1:32). If I crashed into him, even in a car, it would be very scary!

Tapirs are said to eat dreams in Japan, but this one was enjoying eating leaves on this day (1:38-1:44).

Prairie dogs are so cute (1:46-1:58). The motion of their eating looked like a video set to fast-forward!

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Tomoko Kamishima

Tomoko Kamishima @tomoko.kamishima

Japan is a small island nation, but we have a huge number of surprising things to discover here. Many of these delights can be found when you step off the main street onto small side paths. I really enjoy studying about and researching various aspects of traditional Japanese culture, and then sharing this information with visitors to Japan. I hope you will enjoy it, too! ARTICLE INDEX & PHOTOS:  An index of most of my Japan Travel articles can be found at the entry page of my blog, and my photos are shown here.  日本はとても小さな国ですが、大通りから一本小道に入ればたくさんの発見があります。日本人が積み重ねてきた歴史を学びながら、古い建物や庭を訪ね、物語の舞台となった景色を眺めて、皆様といっしょに日本文化の奥深さを探求していきたいと思います。

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