Waku Waku Zoo Night at Okinawa Kodomo-no Kuni

Night time visitors greeting the hippo.

Many animals in the wild are most active after the sunset and during the night, and that’s why many of the world’s zoos organize special night tours for the visitors to showcase their animals from a different perspective.

Okinawa Kodomo-no Kuni Zoo is organizing night tours to the zoo this month, with tours take place every Saturday from 7 to 9 p.m.  Admission is ¥1,500 for adults, and ¥750 for those four years old to high school students. Children aged 3 and under are not permitted.  All activities take place at the Okinawa Kodomo-no Kuni Zoo in Okinawa City.

Many animals are most active during night time.

Visitors will be able to experience the zoo in as never before; in the night. Staff will be guiding visitors to explain the night animals. Since the explanations will be all in Japanese, Okinawa Zoo and Museum staff recommend visitors bring along Japanese speaking friends for better understanding.

The Okinawa Zoo, Kodomo no Kuni nocturnal visits to the facilities start this weekend, with tours available each Saturday evening for 60 participants on a first-come, first-served basis. Reservations are required at (098) 933-4190.

The meeting place is at Zoo School of Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni, near the east Gate, in Goya, Okinawa City.

Zoo officials explain these tours are night tours with animal handlers as the tour guides, taking visitors on the walks through a pitch-black Okinawa Kodomo no Kuni after closing.  The darkness permits observing fireflies and some other nocturnal animals, but since animals are easily surprised, the use of personal flashlights is forbidden.

Because it’s a night tour, visitors should be aware they will not be able to see all animals inside the zoo. As it is a night event, a guardian’s company is required for underage participation.  Visitors should bring an insect repellent spray, a canteen, etc. for each participant.