Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Asahiyama Zoo

SEPTEMBER 14, 2007
So far, my trip to Hokkaido had taken me to a romantic canal, talked "sikit-sikit" with a Malaysian kid, had fun with the dummies in the museum, saw a triangle wooden toilet cubicle, eaten three different types of soft in one day and enjoyed the beautiful scenery of the lavender farms. Having gone to those places already, you must be wondering what else is there to do in Hokkaido.
But the trip had just reached the midpoint. There are still lots of stuffs to be explored. The next one will be visiting animals.
Asahiyama Zoo is located in 旭川 (Asahikawa) and is accessible with a 40-minute bus ride from Asahikawa station. This zoo is dubbed as one of the biggest and the most northern zoo in Japan.
So, it wasn't a surprise that when we were there even 30 minutes before the doors open to the visitors, the people had already started queuing up for the entrance ticket. However, we were fortunate to catch the first bus there and we the among the early ones there. In just less than half an hour, the queue grew from a few meters into more than two hundred meters.
Unlike most of my previous entries, I will not going to blog much about the visit to the zoo. Afterall, there is nothing much to blog about animals. Giving details about each and every animal there will make this entry just like one of those Animal Planet's documentary.
So, I will just let the photos do the talking. Enjoy ^.^
Caribean flamingo (Phoenicopterus ruber ruber).
King of Balancing - standing on just one leg.
Swans, just like from Mito.
What?!! Ducks again?!!
Capybara (Hydrochaerus hydrochaeris).
Cute or ugly?
Japanese Macaque (Macaca fuscata).
Why no bananas today one...
~ First Half Break - Comic Strip #1 ~
To kick off the second half, I will start with the Penguin Aquarium.
King Penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus).
Rockhopper Penguin (Eudyptes chrysocome chrysome).
Gentoo Penguin (Pygoscelis papua papua).
Named after Gen 2?
Humbolt Penguin (Spheniscus humboldti).
There was a walking passage in the Penguin Aquarium where you can see the penguins swimming north, south, east and west. They swim really fast and it was hard to catch-up with them.
Yes I know, there wasn't any penguins in the background.
~ Second Half Break - Comic Strip #2 ~
Spotted Seal (Phoca largha).
It was tough to get a nice shot at this seal.
Amur Tiger (Panthera tigris altaica).
Lion (Panthera leo).
Still alive arh? Sleeping like a dead lion only...
His partner, the Lioness.
Amur Leopard (Panthera pardus orietalis).
Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos yesoensis).
Not-that-white Polar Bear (Ursus maritimus).
This polar bear purposely woke up when I was taking this photo.
Red-crowned Crane (Grus japonensis).
Biggest porcupine I ever seen so far. These African Porcupine (Hystrix cristata) are almost 1 meter long.
I got one of these soft toy when I was small. Shika Deer (Cervus nippon yesoensis).
Common Peafowl (Pavo cristatus).
Its partners - Peahen.
Peafowl also play polygamy.
~ Third Half Break - Visitors in the Zoo ~
Who don't know these - Orang Utan (Pongo pygmaeus pygmaeus).
A White-handed Gibbon with an interesting scientific name - Hylobates lar.
This fella is such a good poser lar!
This species of monkey sounds high-tech to me. It is called De Brazza's monkey (Cercopithecus neglectus).


She is feeding her baby. But later, she sucked herself. I kid you not.
Bulu-bulu Hairy species of monkey, called Abyssinian colobus (Colobus guereza ).
Pelicans reminds me of one of the colour pencils brand I used one time ago.
Emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae) from Down Under.
White Rhinoceros (Creatotherium simum simum).
A long tall Reticulated Giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata). Almost 6 meters tall.
This hippo (Hippopotamus amphibius) just didn't want to come out from the water in a hot day.
I tried feeding some goats as well.
That fella on the right is NOT me.
These ponies were shy when I was taking their picture.
To be fair, I have not been to many zoos in Malaysia. I have not even paid a visit to Zoo Negara until today. I have one of the best zoo in Zoo Taiping already in my hometown, so why mind going to the national zoo, right?
Personally, I felt that Zoo Taiping already has everything a zoo could offer. But after going to Asahiyama Zoo, I realized that they have something extra.
A ride on these animals is fun.
Try it one day.


lasilasi said...

hehe i like yr comic strips =p
and dont tell me u actually ride those animals around... (didnt they say 12 and below?) lol

michelleg said...

ur post like promoting that zoo. but quite good cos i've never seen some of the animals b4. lolz. like capybara (only heard from a rhyme) and a few others.

penguins totally looked exactly like those from happy feet.

so big already still ride on those, see, even the old man kenot tahan. HAHAHA =P

calvin said...

@ lasilasi:
as far as i remember, there wasn't any notice that said those rides are just for kids 12 and below. anyway, of course i didn't ride on them =P

calvin said...

@ michelleg:
it proves that you still watch cartoon like a small kid!

it's not that old man cannot tahan me, but i guess he was just thinking of joining me riding on them as well. hehe =P

Estef said...

thats not a moose, it looks like a raindeer to me but it COULD be caribou ...either or, but definatly not a moose. a moose's horns do now grow up, they grow horizontally also a moose is a deep chesnut color, not a light grey/brown.

calvin said...

@ estef:
i was just guessing that it is a moose as i'm not an expert in this field. anyway, thanks for pointing that out and for the information as well :)

nizz arrahman said...

i really want to visit asahiyama zoo coz of the polar bears :D

calvin said...

@ nizz arrahman:
but too bad those polar bears sleep most of the time xD