The Maruyama Zoo is in the Maruyama Park. The day’s admission was 600 yen and a year’s pass only 1000 yen, so we each bought the year’s pass.
Giant pandas are my favorite but there are none in Hokkaido. This zoo does have two red pandas. At the end of the day, we both liked the red pandas best of all the animals here. They were in two areas but could see each other through a clear partition. They were both constantly on the move so it was difficult to take a photo.
The bird house was small, but there were a few brightly colored birds and some birds of prey outside. The pink flamingos had one fluffy grey baby.
I liked the reptile and amphibian house, although some of the creatures were really creepy.
There were about ten chimpanzees. We watched them quite a while. High on a platform were a mother and baby. The baby was trying to swing around and the mother would reach out from time to time.
One building had cats in cages with glass. We were very close to the animals.
The other half of that building had other large animals, including zebras, hippos, and giraffes. The mother giraffe had recently been separated from her baby and she was trying to reach over the fence to touch it.
It rained off and on all day, but never hard. We enjoyed the day and now that we have a year’s pass, we will be back at least one time in the next year.