Japan’s garden flags for pandas, giraffes, giraffe and other wildlife inspire ‘love and respect’
PESTICIDES have claimed at least 12 lives and killed at least 21, forcing Japan to put up hundreds of new gardens for wildlife in a bid to protect them.
More than 10 million people have visited the gardens, which have been decorated with floral and plant motifs, and many have posted pictures of themselves at the gates with a smiley face.
Many of the new gardens are dotted with cute giraffas, koalas, birds, seals and turtles.
In Tokyo, the gardens are among a number of tourist attractions in the capital that will reopen on Saturday after a three-week hiatus, with the exception of the zoo.
The gardens in the city center will reopen from noon on Saturday, said Tokyo Metropolitan Government spokesman Hiroshi Nakagawa.
The first of these, known as “Panda Garden” in Japanese, opened in May, with visitors walking around the gardens.
More gardens will open in Tokyo in the coming days, Nakagawas office said in a statement.
The Japanese capital has long been known for its garden parks, but this is the first time the parks have been used for panditas and giraffals.
“They were the only species that lived in this part of Japan, but they were also very important for conservation,” said Kenji Nishizawa, an expert on tropical species at the National Museum of Nature and Science in Tokyo.
The parks will also be used to raise awareness about conservation issues, he said.
The animals have been spotted at a zoo in the southern city of Yokohama and at the zoo itself in Japan’s main city of Nagoya.
Japan has a population of about 60 million people, most of whom are male.
There have been no reports of any pandas being killed in the pandas’ gardens.
The pandas were introduced into Japan from China in 2000.