Ueno Zoo #3 – Various Monkeys

Gorilla, Gibbon, Japanese monkey, and Ring-tailed lemur

By Tomoko Kamishima    - 1 min read

There are eight gorillas in Ueno Zoo. They look a bit fierce (0:00-0:29) but actually they are vegetarians, mainly eating 30 kinds of low-calorie vegetables every day.

Gibbons live on the trees and rarely come down to the ground. But on the day I visited the zoo, a gibbon came down to watch us humans carefully (0:30-0:43).

More than 20 Japanese monkeys hangout at the monkey mountain in the center of the zoo. The highest ranking member of the group is a female. It's very fun to watch their behavior (0:44-1:12): Child monkeys playing innocently, a male monkey flirting with a female monkey, a young female monkey enjoying some quiet time alone.

Ring-tailed lemurs are near the bridge over Shinobazu-no-ike (pond). They were grooming themselves under the warm sunshine (1:19-1:47). Their big fluffy striped tails were so cute!

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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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