Inokashira Park Zoo celebrates 55 years of elephant Hanako

Asian elephant Hanako plays with a rope at Inokashira Park Zoo.
Asian elephant Hanako plays with a rope at Inokashira Park Zoo.

2009-09-21 - Mainichi, Japan
Inokashira Park Zoo celebrated on Monday the 55th anniversary of the arrival of Hanako, believed to be the oldest Asian elephant in Japan. Hanako, believed to be 62 years old, first came to Ueno Zoo in September 1949 from Bangkok. As a member of a traveling zoo, Hanako traveled across Japan over the following six-month period with other animals including Indira, another elephant presented by then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.

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