Parents and children enjoy night zoo

Parents and children enjoy night zoo

On June 8, children fed the hippo at the "Waku Waku Zoo Night" at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum.

June 12, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On June 8, an event entitled “Waku Waku Zoo Night” was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. About 30 parents and children took part in the night event. The children became excited when they saw hippos, crocodiles, bats and other nocturnal animals.

The zoo holds the event after its normal business hours. To observe the biology of nocturnal animals and plants staff guide visitors through the quiet zoo in which the animals are sleeping.

In the animal petting area, children threw grass into the hippo’s mouth over the fence and experienced holding a Ryukyu scops owl and a megabat. They fed black swans and carp in the pond in the water and green field area.

Five-year-old Takumi Uehara, who fed to hippo said, “The hippo was huge with its mouth wide open. It was really fun to see the turtles, crocodiles and all the other animals.”

The event will be held from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., every Saturday in June. Advance reservation is required and there is a limit of about 60 people per day. Please contact Okinawa Zoo & Museum at 098 (933) 4190 for more details.

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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