One of the biggest zoos in Japan in terms of space, half of the zoo is devoted to the Red-Crowned Crane Protection and Breeding Centre. A wooden track through the marshes leads from there to the swan pond. After seeing dragonfly eggs at the dragonfly pond on the way, when you get to the swan pond you’ll find the “Hometown Zone”, occupying part of the area, where you can see iconic Hokkaido wildlife, including Blakiston’s fish owls, Steller’s sea eagles, white-tailed sea eagles and brown bears. From spring to summer the zoo comes alive with a grey heron colony of over 100 nests, and in winter you can see over 300 wild whooper swans – this zoo is unique in that breaks the boundaries between the wildlife in the zoo and the nature surrounding it.
- 11 Aza Ninishibetsu, Akan
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