First the good stuff: This is a very centrally located zoo in Tokyo , easy to get to with the Subway and in the middle of a beautiful park. It also is very reasonable priced in entry fee, and has a very large amount of animals to view. Perhaps too many. Some animals have good conditions to live in with spacious enclosures and plenty to keep them occupied. As everywhere in Japan it is very clean.
The bad is related to the living conditions for a large amount of the poor animals. The space allotted to the Hippos is disgraceful. Such a large creature in such a small space is nothing if not plain cruel.
When a zoo chooses to display these impressive animals it must take measures to ensure they are well kept. Taking a look a my home zoo of Copenhagen or even the one in Berlin shows how this should be done. The paradox is that there is actually lot of unused space in the zoo area- mainly set aside for humans to walk or sit. Much more than needed - it is mostly empty space. So perhaps this could be used for improvements for the animal spaces? Until then I certainly cannot recommend a visit - for me: it just made me very sad.
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