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May 2016

05/25/2016

Hirakawa Zoo

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Hirakawa Zoo(平川動物公園) in Kagoshima City(鹿児島市)has opened since 1972. However,it was more than 30 years old, and needed to renew facilities, the reconstruction began in 2009 and ended in 2017.As a result,many exhibition facilities have become new, the inclination of roads has become gentle.Visitors can use minibuses to move through inside the zoo. The fare is free.


Other Sights
Kagoshima Aquarium
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Kagoshima Aquarium has opened since May 30, 1997.It is located on the waterfront of Kagoshima City,and close to downtown,Tenmonkan. Sakurajima ferry terminal and commercial complex "Dolphin Port" are nearby.

05/24/2016

平川動物公園(5)

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アカカンガルーの親子 オーストラリア内陸部や半砂漠地帯などに広範囲に生息。こどもは5、6ヶ月程母親の育児嚢の中で育つ。

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ホワイトタイガー ベンガルトラの白変種で、からだ全体は薄いクリーム色で、青みがかった目をしている。

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ボルネオオランウータン インドネシアのボルネオ島に生息しているヒト科オランウータン属の霊長類。マレー語で「森の人」の意味する。

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ミーアキャット アンゴラ、ナミビア、南アフリカなどの草木の少ない砂漠地帯に生息。警戒心が強い。

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アライグマ 北アメリカ原産で、英名は"raccoon"。アニメの影響か、日本では可愛いイメージがあるが、外来種として繁殖するようになり、雑食性のため、農作物への被害が各地で報告されている。

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ホオジロカンムリヅル アフリカ大陸東部、南部に生息する。頭部に金色の冠のような羽根を持っており、これが名前の由来でもある。ウガンダ共和国の国鳥で、国旗の中心にその姿がデザインされている。

今年の5月9日より、動物園内を周遊するバスが運行を開始した。来園者全員が利用できるが、高齢者、障害者、妊婦等を優先するとのこと。

05/14/2016

Bekko Tombo in Imuta-ike

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The whole view of Imuta-ike(藺牟田池)

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Imuta-ike and wetland

Imuta-ike is a crater lake in Satsumasendai City(薩摩川内市). It is surrounded by mountains around 500 meters in altitude and the circumference is about 4 kilometers. This type of lake was made by accumulating rain water at the crater site.

On the west side of the lake,there are wetlands, and you can see many peat islets. Peat was made from dead plant such as tree and moss, carbonized without corrosion, and have accumulated over thousands of years.The wetlands were designated a Ramsar Site in 2005.

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Annual Blue Eyed Grass(In early May)

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Buttercup(In early May)

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"Bekko Tombo(鼈甲蜻蛉)" The scientific name is Libellula angelina,which is a type of dragonfly classified as a dragonfly family.In the Red List of the Ministry of the Environment, it is designated as "endangered IA class (CR)". Capture is prohibited.The observation period is from mid April to late June.


In 2009, Imuta-ike suffered severe drought and the survival of Bekko Tombo became dangerous. The wetlands in the lake dried up, so the egg hatching was at risk. However, creatures make various efforts for the preservation of species, I thought that Beko Tombo would not be extinct. In the spring of 2011, the appearance of Bekko Tombos were confirmed.

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