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Welcome New Member Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Home to expansive grounds and more than 500 species, Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens hosts more than 2.4 million visitors each year. The non-profit joins 16 Japanese institutions and more than 1,100 Species360 members worldwide collaborating to improve wildlife care and conservation.

More than 2.4 million people visit Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Nagoya, Japan, every year. (Photo courtesy of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens)
In 2018, Higashiyama opened a new enclosure for Shabani, a 22 year-old Western Lowland Gorilla also known as the Ikemen (the Japanese word for a good looking guy) Gorilla. (Photo courtesy of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens)

In August, Nagoya’s non-profit Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens became the 16th Japanese institution to join Species360 and the 7th JAZA member to join this year. Located in central Japan, Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens is among the most visited zoos in Japan, welcoming more than 2.4 million visitors annually. It is home to Shabani, a 22-year-old Western Lowland Gorilla, and more than 500 species including koalas, giraffes, and anteaters. The botanical gardens include a large greenhouse, sakura (cherry blossom) trees galleria, flower fields and an insect hall.

Stunning flora and fauna in the Japanese garden at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens. (Photo courtesy of Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens)

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