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Maruyama Zoo, Sapporo

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#2 of 23 in Zoos & Aquariums in Hokkaido
Zoo · Hidden Gem · Zoo / Aquarium
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Stroll through the quaint Maruyama Zoo, with enclosures designed to help you get up close to more than 184 species in the park. Despite its relatively small size, you can see many animal favorites, such as bears, chimpanzees, wolves, and various big cat species at the zoo. Winter serves as the most spectacular time to visit, with thick layers of snow helping the snow leopards, penguins, and polar bears feel at home. Kids will have a ball at the petting zoos, with plenty of farm animals and even kangaroos to meet. For travelers who use our custom trip planner, Sapporo holidays become easier to arrange, with trips to the Maruyama Zoo and other attractions mapped out and timetabled.
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  • This is the most depressing place ive been too and i would like to credit the animals, especially the birdlife, for not committing suicide. Built by people who dont value animals as having intrinsic.....  more
    This is the most depressing place ive been too and i would like to credit the animals, especially the birdlife, for not committing suicide. Built by people who dont value animals as having intrinsic.....  more »
  • Small zoo but has some highlights: Penguin parade, polar bears, owls and many Hokkaido native animals. Some animals have small living spaces and don't seem very happy. 
    Small zoo but has some highlights: Penguin parade, polar bears, owls and many Hokkaido native animals. Some animals have small living spaces and don't seem very happy.  more »
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  • Half of the cages are empty and there are entire areas closed to the public, many animals where very hard to see even when they were there, also there were no Lions or Tigers... Very disappointing experience even when I visited the Zoo on a sunny day during the peak of the cherry blossom season. Also, there were 2 poor animals showing clear signs of cronic levels of high stress which was painful to observe (1 black bear and 1 polar bear). Not recommended.
  • Half of the exhibits are empty. Many have signs saying that the animal had died. The remaining animals look depressed and are kept in relatively small enclosures. I can't work out why this zoo is rated so highly.

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