On September 18th, 2 new baby red pandas(lesser pandas) were revealed to the public at the Nagano Chausuyama Zoo. The twins were born June 21st, 2013. At first, the babies can only be seen between 10am and 10:30am and 3pm and 3:30pm as they are getting used to their new environment. Gradually, as they adapt, they will spend more time with the public. There are 19 red pandas at the zoo. Come and check out these “living stuffed animals” that are too cute to be real.
You can even submit names for the pandas at the Chausuyama Zoo Fall Festival on October 19th (Sat) and 20th (Sun) from 9:30am until 4:30pm. Click here
The Nagano Chausuyama Zoo with 64 species of creatures including tigers, lions, wombats and giraffes was established in 1983. Located on the top of verdant Mt. Chausu, the views of the Nagano cityscape are beautiful and nearby there is the Dinosaur Park, Botanical Garden and a mallet-golf course. More info
Hours of operation:
March 1st until end of November 9:30am until 4:30pm
December 1st until end of February 10:00am until 4:00pm
Entrance: 500 Yen for adults, 100 yen for children elementary and junior high school students
Car: 15 minute drive from JR Shinonoi Station
Train: Closest station is JR Shinonoi
Bus: “Zoo-guru bus” runs on weekends from April until the end of October.