Call of the wild

Visitors can get a close-up look at river otters at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo
Visitors can get a close-up look at river otters at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

2007-06-07 - Asahiyama, Japan , JUNYA YOSHIDA

When an elephant named Indira arrived at Ueno Zoo in 1949, it sparked a zoo-building frenzy around the nation. People in charge of zoo projects came to Ueno and went home with blueprints of the facility. "A lot of the zoos around the nation were like facsimiles of the same facility," Kenichi Kitamura, executive director of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said. But with the arrival of Asahiyama Zoo, the zoos have begun implementing displays with their own innovations. So will Ueno...

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