Maruyama Zoo - Asian Animal Zone.

Just newly opened on December 12th this year is the 'Asian Animal Zone' exhibit in Maruyama zoo. Hokkaido Likers was given a special tour around the facility.
The exhibit consists of rainforest, alpine and other zones with animals from those regions. The exhibits have been designed to give the visitor the most interaction possible with the animals and to feel and understand the areas in which they live.
Yuichi Kageyama, the Deputy Zoo Director, explained to me that these leopards have thick tails and large feet to help them balance on rocky mountain outcrops
It was great to see the leopard run up and down the rocks. There is also an upper area which allows visitors to see through to the leopard from above.
The zoo is also home to the incredibly beautiful and endangered "Amur Tiger".
Another great area is in the "alpine" section next door. Here we can see 'Lesser Pandas" wandering around above our heads as they climb along walkways and "Elm Trees".
Now we enter the rainforest area with warm humid air and a water park.
"Animals and exhibits can be seen from inside or outside", said the Deputy Director, "so people can spend a relaxing, leisurely time, even in Sapporo's winter season."
Maruyama Zoo is conveniently located just around the corner from the Hokkaido Shrine (a popular tourist destination), so it is easy to see both these site together.
※ Events in January
January 1 to 3, 2013 Admission is free!
• The first 1,000 people, will be given a free "Shedding of the snake zodiac" good luck charm for economic fortune!
• The first 100 people, will be given a Lesser Panda bookmark.
• Free hot drinks to the first 300 people.
※ Events in February
• Free admission during the Sapporo Snow Festival event.
  - During the Snow Festival there will be events such as snow and ice slides. 
Phone 011 . 621.1426
Address : 札幌市中央区宮ヶ丘3番地1
Sapporo City, Chuoku, Miyagoka 3-1
Opening Hours : Winter Season 9 am to 4 Pm
February 1st to October 10th until 5 pm
Closed December 29 to 31
(Hokkaido Likers Photo-Writer : FUKKO)