I’ve never been to Ueno Zoo. I used to live practically next door to the zoo and never went until recently. Keisuke was visiting from Osaka and we went to the zoo together. It’s been years since I’ve been to the zoo so it was like being a kid again.
Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to see all the animals cause the park was closing and partly because I was documenting and practically cataloging every animal with my camera. ^^ We missed out on a few of the more the iconic animals – giraffe, hippo, zebra and rhinos, but all-in-all it was enjoyable.
Outside Ueno Park main gate. It was kind of busy that day because it was a long weekend.
Tickets are 600 yen for adults. At the ticket machine there are notices letting people know that they’re no giant pandas anymore as they died last year. There are no plans to replace them I hear. Surprisingly panda souvenirs are still sold at the zoo even though the zoo’s stars have departed.
A tiger and its bone. I wonder what animal that bone is from.
After leaving the tiger pen we were walking along the path and saw this tiger that startled us at first until we realized it was a fake. I thought a tiger had escaped or something! I would make a delicious meal I think. I’m pretty meaty! ^^
In Japan they are called lesser pandas (I guess they didn’t make the grade to be full pandas). But these red pandas are a new favorite of mine. They are too cute! This one is cleaning itself with its leg’s crossed.
Sea lions basking in the sun… though there hasn’t been much sun these past weeks.
These 3 penguins were standing in the same spot for what seemed like forever. I guess they had so much time on their hands they didn’t know what do but to stand and daydream.
Playing around at the one of the souvenir stands with my red panda ears. I never buy souvenirs. I prefer taking pictures. Taking pictures with souvenirs is just as good for me. You never think twice as to why you bought a cheesy souvenir in the first place.
Keisuke and a velcro panda. Many of the stuffed animals were quite cute and would actually make a cute souvenir, especially for kids.