Sabae City’s Nishiyama Zoo Reopens
In Sabae City, Fukui Prefecture, after roughly two months of being closed since March 30th, due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, Nishiyama Zoo reopened on June 1st. The famous lesser pandas’ (also known as “red pandas”) adorable appearance have visitors smiling from ear to ear.
At the moment, the zoo is operating with reduced hours, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. In addition to disinfectant sprays placed before the entrance, visitors are asked to fill in their contact information and have their temperatures measured through thermography upon entering the zoo. Infection prevention measures are also diligently carried out within the zoo, such as by addressing visitors to maintain distance from each other, while enjoying the sights.
On June 1st, right from when the zoo opened, children and their parents visit in great numbers, watching over the lesser pandas deliciously enjoy their food. A male Indian peafowl, approaching its breeding season, can be seen making courtship display, as to attract its female counterpart; a man in his 30s, visiting from Fukui City with his family of three, commented with a smile, “It’s as if the peafowl is welcoming us.”
“It’s been two months since the zoo has had visitors; I wonder if the animals are also delighted,” said a staff member watching over the zoo.
From June 1st, the nearby Nishiyama Park has opened to allow people to visit for the purpose of sightseeing; Michi-no-Eki “Nishiyama Park” has also reopened with reduced hours, operating from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.