They also talked about two Sri Lankan elephants presented last year to the Tama Zoological Park
in Hino, western Tokyo, in commemoration of 60 years of diplomatic ties between Japan and the South Asian island nation.
In 2000, however, the colony abandoned this site and relocated to a new breeding site on a hilltop in Tama Zoological Park (35[degrees]38'N, 139[degrees]24'E), located about 5 km west of Renkoji along the Tama-gawa River.
To examine the effects of winter temperature on population fluctuations and the timing of breeding, air temperatures were used from public data recorded by the automated meteorological data acquisition system of the Japan Meteorological Agency at Fuchu, Tokyo (35[degrees]41'N, 139[degrees]29'E), located 8.4 km northeast from Tama Zoological Park. The minimum value among the mean 10-day temperatures recorded from December 1 to January 31 was used as the coldness value starting the breeding season in each year.
The Tama Zoological Park in the western Tokyo suburb of Hino boasts 420 animals representing 59 species, including elephants, lions and giraffes.
The metropolitan government and the company will research how to use the waste, then start producing biogas in an experimental processing plant in 2005, paving the way for Tama Zoological Park to become Japan's first zoo to recycle animal dung as biomass energy.
Yasumitsu Matsunaga was asked to design a set of conveniences for Tama Zoological Park
in Tokyo, which aimed to dispel stereotypes of dankness and general mediocrity.
Bikram, the male, and Narayani, the female, will be kept at the Tama Zoological Park
in western Tokyo, an official of the Japanese Embassy said.
The rhinos will be kept at the Tama Zoological Park
in the suburbs of Tokyo, the officials said.
A lioness at the Tama Zoological Park
in Hino, western Tokyo, has given birth to a cub through artificial insemination using frozen sperm for the first time in Japan, the zoo confirmed Monday.