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  • Good morning from beautiful Asahikawa's Asahiyama Zoo which is

  • the No.1 zoo in Japan, I say at least to me

  • It is because unlike the Ueno Zoo which is most popular,

  • Asahiyama is a more natural place or at least that's what it's famous for

  • Here's the panphlet for the Asahiyama Zoo

  • They're celebrating their 50th aniversary opened in 1967

  • and the first 20 years of the zoo were not very successful

  • The zoo was a big failure in fact I think it was

  • in the 1990's in an orangutan died from disease

  • and they closed the park down

  • and then it was in 1997 that they started renovating and changed

  • the way that the zoo worked

  • they made more natural habitats

  • made the zoo

  • better ,a lot better

  • and I'll explain more about that

  • as we continue with this livestream tour of the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa

  • this is the northernmost city in Hokkaido

  • and if you've following my hitchhiking tour for the last five weeks, of this far away my goal, quite exited about that

  • so when I knew that I was going to be in Asahikawa

  • and just really close to the zoo I had to come today and livestream this

  • so I'm going to be showing you some of the animals around here

  • I'll start off by showing you a map of the area

  • and take you on a tour of this really cool zoo

  • I've been walking for about 30 minutes trying to find places to take you

  • before starting the livestream it's quite exiting

  • here is a veiw from Zoo

  • It's on the top of a mountain

  • and in the distance you can see some of the white caps still on the mountains

  • it's a warm day today but

  • overall in April Hokkaido is pretty chilly

  • so this is naturally a beautiful natural basis, in fact

  • I'm going to be camping in central Asahikawa tonight

  • next to the train station

  • because there's a campground

  • next to the station. An actual campground

  • three minutes away from the exit of the station

  • which anybody can camp in for free

  • that's Asahikawa that's their image as one of the most natural cities in Japan

  • here's a map of the animal exibit in this area of the park

  • It's a big park there's the main gate

  • that's we come in

  • you pass the aviary

  • there's a penguin aquarium which is very famous

  • we're going to take a look at that in about 20 minutes

  • there's also a polar bear aquatic park

  • which is quite famous

  • then a lot of native animals to Hokkaido

  • there's the Orangutan, chimpanzee forest and the monkey forest

  • I'm attracted to the monkeys, the orangutans here's the primates because

  • they're like part of our family as humans right

  • so, we're going to see them first

  • you can get a look at their enclosure

  • there's a lot of green in the park

  • not just for the animals but for the humans, so

  • I'm pretty relaxed

  • really fresh air

  • that's a big difference between here and Ueno

  • for those living in Japan there's also a map in Japanese

  • I do like here the open-air stage

  • and we'll have a quick look around that

  • It's pretty exiting!

  • alright, let's look

  • first and

  • I'm going to take you first over right here

  • so let me tell you what these primates are here

  • "Capibara"

  • Capibara from northern South America

  • and their cage is a lot more natural than the bear Park

  • that you saw a few days ago on the Only in Japan, GO channel

  • these guys aren't quite active

  • maybe because it's really really hot here

  • It's in the sunny day, it's approximately 20 degrees Celsius

  • which is pretty hot for Northern Hokkaido

  • if you look up you'll see these guys climbing

  • they're entertainers

  • Do it, do it! That's awesome

  • Yes, I wish I had that kind of ability

  • these guys are in a really nice job

  • and I guess you'd call it an entrance

  • but unlike a lot of zoos that I've seen that it's very very clean and

  • there's no smell at all very natural

  • this is your keeper that comes out every now and then I've seen

  • Let's walk on over to another primate

  • you can see the one I don't know by calling it a cage as much as a jungly gym

  • so those joining in this the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa City, Japan's northernmost city

  • a long way from Tokyo

  • like the posing for photo

  • you see them, there they are

  • this is the new area

  • These are native of

  • Central Africa

  • all right, group hug

  • If you have to look around to find them, you can see up there on the platform

  • there's a guy chilling up there

  • I'm only here because the Kickstarter campaign was so successful that I made a stretch goal

  • to continue the trip through Hokkaido

  • I didn't want ot travel in the middle of the Japanese holiday

  • this is the middle of Golden Week which runs from about April 20th to May 6th, so

  • may set May 8th is Monday

  • so that's when it ends technically but the 7th

  • These are the Gibbon

  • so they have a little tourism

  • Encasement I guess like a little glass peeking

  • so they're really lookig out at us

  • see to the glass room here

  • wow there's a deer in the

  • maybe they're not here right now. sometimes the take a break and go inside

  • I'm going to tell you a little bit more about the concept of this zoo

  • when we go down to the penguin exhibit

  • but one thing that I like about this they don't force the animals

  • to do anything that they don't want to do

  • basically there's name of the concept whick I'll introduce you to

  • and that concept is what has made this - a world famous park

  • you can see in this little window they hang out in the window

  • mom up there

  • everybody wants to get a photo

  • either stupid this tube of playing up there

  • this is awesome

  • don't fall how do they not falling

  • we should do that in elementary school

  • on the jungle on the monkey bars we call them

  • we wrestle and try to get the other kid to fall off of the monkey bars

  • so this is the same thing, this is like elementary school for me back again but

  • I don't know if we want them to fall, do we, that's pretty high

  • It's a real battle

  • None of the other people are watching this, this is where the action is

  • look at

  • look is doing a groin shot right now

  • they fight dirty

  • wow, wow, we got a winner

  • wait not be going to give up that easy

  • this is kind of fun to watch

  • down there on the ground

  • you can see our little deer

  • so they put some of the animalas together that

  • are natural in the Gibbon, the monkey's habitat

  • to make it seem more real

  • so the animals are interacting with other animals

  • this cage

  • pretty interesting

  • now about five minutes ago they were over here

  • you see this in the globe

  • It's pretty much

  • a monkey it's pretty much a jungle gym for the orangutans

  • they have another cage here and how do they get from this cage to this to this cage you asked

  • over here how do they get there well

  • If you look up

  • the two are connected

  • by a bar

  • and the orangutan but potentially could fall

  • they could potentially fall onto the crowd below

  • I don't think that's happened though

  • I don't think they've ever fallen behind

  • they have the freedom to go from one cage to the next

  • via this bar in the sky

  • so a kind of cool that way

  • they're over there resting

  • the way it's gotten quite hot here in the sun

  • they're over there

  • there they are

  • I guess they're doing laundry or something

  • I don't know by they do what they want to do

  • and that's what we'll come back here later

  • so the animals here they do what they want to do

  • they do it when they want to do it

  • and it ceates happier animals and a happier experience for the humans

  • so the orangutan which they sort of put on a show in their monkey bar thing in a jungle gym

  • so we'll come I'm going to head now over to the most famous exhibit the penguins

  • there's a walk through that you can walk through the penguin's habitat

  • there's usually a small line and I was thinking maybe I would explain a little bit more about this park to you in line

  • Here is a bird habitat

  • they were walking blocking paths

  • they put in a lot of trees, a lot of local

  • this is not inside cage here

  • but if you see here

  • they've let a lot of the natural stuff and in their habitat and

  • they didn't make they made the poles look more natural by painting them dark

  • so it looks more like forest in here this is the Hokkaido animal house

  • I'm an owl

  • that's a pretty big owl actually

  • Alright let's go to the Penguins

  • one reason I think that the signal is pretty good is up there you see a ton of cell phone towers

  • making sure theat every single tourist has really good reception

  • so there's a shortcut

  • this is the shortcut to the other side and I walked through here before

  • but what I liked about this is why I'm coming through this way is because

  • you can see the natural habitat for the humans

  • this is really in a mountain and they didn't change the environment of it too much

  • and here from this point you get a really good view of the entire park

  • this is the middle of, well, the start of the Japanese spring holiday and

  • usually there aren't that many people I'd say

  • this is pretty heavy for the zoo

  • In the center is another owl cage

  • It's a beautiful park and the air coming through is really good

  • It's all that air coming this way from the mountains in the distance

  • that's the biggest diffence to me

  • If I compare this to Ueno Zoo

  • Ueno Zoo you get all the city air

  • It doesn't feel like a natural habitat for the animals

  • although it's very nice zoo, it's just not same

  • this zoo is a reason why

  • the only reason it doesn't have more people than Ueno

  • because Ueno Zoo is in the center of Tokyo

  • That's the only reason. This one is not as not as big

  • all right. Let's go down to the penguins

  • Okay, right there is a wolf museum

  • These are snow owls

  • so the birdcage that we were looking at before snow owls

  • Yeah just one of them but he doesn't really seem to want to get attention that's okay

  • looking away

  • guess snow owl are made famous from Harry Potter movies

  • all right, come on a beautiful day, this is today

  • this is the, fierce animals house

  • I like when they chose that word instead of you know

  • tame or lame. They picked fierce

  • So,

  • Here stand more house

  • some Hokkaido bears and these Hokkaido bears are pretty massive

  • unlike the bear museum and nobody bets to the habitat here is much much better

  • I can smell the wood chips. the freshness they smell like fresh-cut wood chips

  • no flash ot startle the bear like that

  • they put in some really fun lookout points for the humans

  • and then I'm inside of enclosure

  • underground on the water level

  • all right, let's go

  • I'm making my way to the Penguins

  • so if you're

  • hanging in there for that it's coming

  • we're still in Japan

  • psychedelic flying to you keep you distance from tiger flight

  • makes sence

  • I guess apparently they have a problem

  • gas or something

  • that's good let's go take a quick look at the Tigers

  • I love to sleep it together

  • Tigers in love

  • are going to sleep in together

  • why don't they go in the shade why are they in the sun

  • Sun bathing

  • there's a brief history of the Amur tigers

  • in Japanese

  • the male tiger does not take care of the children

  • therefore Kirill is in next room alone

  • so they separate the male from the female and the babies

  • because I guess the male doesn't take care of the children, that's what it says old animals are pride of our Zoo

  • so these animals are quite old going back to I don't know

  • 1996 they are born that's over 21 years old

  • known is the name of the male

  • and there's another male named Zaria and Zaria was born in 2010

  • that's a child