Thursday, July 28, 2005

Summer Vacation Part 2 of 5

After a fine meal at the Tore Tore Ichiba, we headed off to the Shirahama Adventure World. When was the last time you went to the zoo ?
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Adventure World features a theme park and a wildlife park for one admission price (3,500 yen). Some sort of an open zoo and leisure park, it offers a great variety of entertainment for everyone - encounter with friendly dolphins, exciting safari drive, roller coaster rides and up close and personal with african widllife.
Click here : http://www.aws-s.com/english-new/index.htm
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There are five main sections - Safari World, Marine World, Enjoy World, Penguin and Sea Animal Kingdom and Panda Land. Safari World, a combination of both carnivorous and herbivorous safari, the best in my opinion. Oita-san and Yazaki-san were excited to ride on the Kenya train.
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It was difficult to take good shot during the train tour. Only managed one with the tiger sleeping (probably after a big meal). We decided to do the walking tour as well.
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The african elephant wasn't too pleased by our presence without any food.
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During the elephant's feeding schedule (1.10 pm - 3.10 pm), Yazaki-san was seen here feeding bananas to the elephant.
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My first experience with a dancing ostrich. I was standing around the corner and there it stood (a confused ostrich), dancing - as though displaying courtship behaviour. Hey, wait a minute, me no ostrich !
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Each zebra has their own unique pattern of strips (like human fingerprints). A male zebra was seen here. Male zebras keep themselves separated from the female group. Some stallions become territorial and are temporarily visited by female groups in their territory. Well, as in the zoo, I am not sure about their territories.
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Not sure why this zebra suddenly had a penile erection. Oh god, don't tell me another courtship behaviour.
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It was also my first time seeing a giraffe up so close, munching on leaves. The Giraffe Watching Terrace is opened from 1.15 pm till 3.25 pm.
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The giraffe was confused. More leaves for the giraffe or I shall eat your fingers !
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We missed the lion feeding session. But most of the lions looked unhealthy - lazing behind the secure fence.
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We had a great time and enjoyed the Safari World. Oita-san and Yazaki-san posed as though attacked by the bear.
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Three hours wasn't enough to see everything in the park. We decided to skip several (play zones in the Enjoy World) and headed off to the Panda Land.
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We were on time for Splash Dolphin Live Show. Dolphins are social animals. Dolphin training is based on the concept of positive reinforcement. For a reward to be effective in training, the trainer must be able to deliver it at the exact moment when a dolphin is doing what he/she is looking for.
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Because of their high capacity for learning, humans have employed dolphins to perform in front of an audience. The military too has employed dolphins for various purposes from finding mines to rescuing lost or trapped persons.
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Dolphins often leap above the water surface, sometimes performing acrobatic figures. This and other behavior is interpreted as playing.
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It was a long time ago since I last visited the zoo. We were all tired after spending several hours and were ready to head back to the hotel for a good dinner treat (Part 3/5).

6 comments:

emotionalistic said...

What do you call the animal in the last picture?? Just look at its legs....so thin!!!

Anonymous said...

Flamingos! They are all over Florida. It should be their state bird if it isn't already!

arGlene said...

the dolphins are you sooo cute! ;)
you've made a right decision to go with the trip even though you had to shell out some money! hehe

zbjernak said...

hahhahha...
u are a mix of ostrich and zebra...hence they get aroused when seeing you...

i like zoo...and those bird park, ostrich park..
too bad malaysia national zoo in KL...long time no go...
went to sydney zoo, taiping zoo, singapore zoo, malaysia zoo....

singapore zoo is still the best....open concent..unlike ours..cement enclosure...
but kl bird park is great too...

guess if possible i wanna visit those popular and beautiful zoo in the world... hahahah

but come to think about it...all zoo display almost the same animals...

emotionalistic said...

anonymous: Ahaaaa....flamingos. Thanks :).

Patrick Leong said...

emotionalistic : when i first saw them (as in the first picture), i thought they were fake.

arglene : so far this is the best lab trip i have ever had. maybe because i am closer now to my lab mates especially the M2 (master 2nd year) students.

zbjernak : male ostrich performs a beautiful courtship dance for the female with outstretched wings, followed by majestic swaying and undulating of the wings and other exquisite gestures. but under farming conditions, some confused ostrich indulged in courtship directed at humans. weird though. i agree with you that the singapore zoo is one of the best.