Cream-Coloured Baby Lesser Panda

Cream-Coloured Baby Lesser Panda

Sabae’s Nishiyama Zoo, Public Appearance Scheduled for October

At Nishiyama Zoo, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, a baby male lesser panda (also known as “red pandas”) was born. Other than feeding on his mother’s milk, the baby lesser panda currently spends most of its time sleeping, and is scheduled to make his public appearance around October.

“Kanoko”, the mother lesser panda, is four years old and gave birth on the morning of June 27th; the father “Taiyo” is seven years old. Last March, for the purpose of breeding, the lesser pandas were transported to Nishiyama Zoo from Tokyo’s Tama Zoological Park; it was the first time for Kanoko to give birth.

The baby lesser panda does not yet have a coat patterned with brown, white, and black, characteristic of lesser pandas, but is covered with a cream colour. When measurements were taken on July 29th, the baby lesser panda weighed 930 grams, measured 25 centimetres along the head and torso, and had a tail length of 13 centimetres. At this time, the lesser panda’s sex was identified as male.

According to the city, after giving birth, Kanoko became temperamental; the zookeepers are taking care not to approach the baby lesser panda more than necessary. Last year, Nishiyama Zoo also accommodated the birth of twin lesser pandas. Now, the zoo has a total of 14 lesser pandas.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1144427

Lesser Pandas Full of Energy, After 2 Months

Lesser Pandas Full of Energy, After 2 Months

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.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1097210

Nishiyama Park, Some Restrictions Lifted

Nishiyama Park, Some Restrictions Lifted

Walks Within Park Allowed

Sabae City’s Nishiyama Park, which has been prohibiting entry as a preventative measure against the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), has lifted some restrictions, allowing for walks within the park.

As a response against the spread of COVID-19, Nishiyama Park has prohibited entry since April 21st; however, from May 21st, it has become possible to take walks within the park. Despite the chilly climate, people could be seen taking their strolls, immediately from the morning.

Furthermore, visiting the park for long periods of time or for sightseeing are still prohibited; Nishiyama Zoo, within the park, and Michi-no-Eki “Nishiyama Park”, adjacent to the park, will remain closed for the time being.

Source: https://www.fukui-tv.co.jp/?post_type=fukui_news&p=129106&page=1

Squirrel Monkeys, Keeping Warm by the Heater

Squirrel Monkeys, Keeping Warm by the Heater

At Sabae City’s Nishiyama Zoo, Popular with Visitors

In Nishiyama Zoo, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, the scene of black-capped squirrel monkeys keeping themselves warm by the heater has been gaining popularity. Visitors enjoyed taking cute pictures of the monkeys approaching the heater to warm their bodies, or to take naps.

The small black-capped squirrel monkeys are native to Central and South America, weighing roughly one kilogram. Weak against the cold, the zoo installed heaters during early November of last year.

Although it has been a warm winter, it is still bitterly cold for the monkeys. According to the zookeepers, the infant monkeys are often running around, full of energy; on the other hand, the adult monkeys are usually gathered around the heater. This can often be seen during the afternoon, when the monkeys are full after being fed.

There are eight black-capped squirrel monkeys in the zoo. The heaters will remain installed until around March.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/1014776

Twin Red Pandas’ Names: “Reifa” and “Niiko”

Twin Red Pandas’ Names: “Reifa” and “Niiko”

Red Pandas in Sabae City’s Nishiyama Zoo

In July 2019, in Nishiyama Zoo, located in Fukui Prefecture’s Sabae City, twin red pandas (also known as “lesser panda”) were born. On November 4th, a christening ceremony for 4 baby red pandas, including the twins, was held at the zoo. The two twin pandas’ names were decided as “Reifa” and “Niiko”.

Through the city’s crowdfunding service “FAAVO Sabae”, four investors each gained the right to name one of the four baby red pandas. For the name “Niiko” (ニーコ), a woman (aged 37) from Aichi Prefecture said, “I took a cue from ‘Muuko’ (ムーコ), the name of a dog that appears in a favourite manga, and replaced the first character of the dog’s name, with that of the zoo’s name.” She continued, “I hope the name can convey feelings of happiness, and the image of bright smiles.” The person who named “Reifa” (令花) wanted to infuse the people’s fascination of Nishiyama Park’s flowers (花), such as azaleas and cherry blossoms, combining it with the name of the current era, Reiwa (令和).

A female Francois’ leaf monkey, born in November 2017, was named “Karen”, and a white-handed gibbon (also known as “lesser ape”), born in December 2017, was named “Komu”. “Komu” was chosen as a name “filled and infused with love”. With “Karen” (花恋), the name of the gibbon’s mother, Ren-ren (恋恋), and the cute image of flowers (花) were combined to form its name.

Attending the christening ceremony was Ms. Kato, who named Niiko, and Mr. Hyakuo Makino, the Sabae City mayor. They unveiled the written names of the red pandas, filled with anticipation of their growth. Moreover, the Nishiyama Zoo Fellowship, in cooperation with the farms in Fukui Prefecture, and Sabae city district’s Youth Development Council, the animals were able to receive approximately 140 kilograms of fruits and vegetables for food.

Source: https://www.fukuishimbun.co.jp/articles/-/968961