Animals at night are amazing! "Asahiyama Zoo by Snow Light" in Asahikawa

A Siberian tiger shows a side different from its daytime persona, moving around energetically

At the Asahiyama Zoo in Asahikawa from February 11 to 13, the closing time was extended five hours to 8:30 p.m. for the winter tradition “Asahiyama Zoo by Snow Light”. The event was again held at a reduced scale in line with last year for COVID-19 pandemic measures. In the hushed atmosphere of the evening zoo, visitors enjoyed observing a side of animals not normally seen during the day.

For this 10th installment of the event, the zoo opened up 17 animal facilities, including the Siberian tiger and Blakiston’s fish owl areas. Siberian tigers mostly display a relaxed attitude during the day, but paced around with a piercing glare in the evening hours. The Eastern timber wolves also drew the attention of visitors with their echoing howls.

Approximately 600 ice-candles were placed inside the zoo, illuminating the movements of the animals. A girl (5) from Asahikawa who visited the zoo with her mother exclaimed joyfully, “The ice-candles are beautiful. And I’m happy I got to see the Arctic fox, which I love.”


Asahiyama Zoo