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Fuji Safari Park, Vicinity of Mt. Fujiyama, Japan August 2001


After visiting the Air Park Musuem at Lake Kawaguchi, my friends and I visited the Fuji Safari Park. It was quite late in the day, but we decided to see what we could anyway. The lighting conditions were not the best; however, we were able to get quite close to some of the animals.

African Elephant & African Stork

The lighting was terrible to photograph the elephants. The sun was directly behind them and low in the sky. However, I have never been able to photograph an African Stork before, and this specimen was amazing tame.

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North American Bighorn Sheep

A really nice Bighorn Sheep male. Again, the sun was behind him, but I tried.

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Brown/Black/Kodiak Bear

The Park had 3 kinds of bears; all were active, except the large Kodiak Bear.

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The Camel was just resting beside the road.

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North American Elk

I was surprised to see these large ungulates here in Japan. They are so much larger than the Japanese deer. They stood about 2 feet (0.6 meter) taller. The big male was just losing the velvet from his beautiful horns.

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The everpresent flamingos were doing their usual behavior - mostly nothing.

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African Giraffe & Goat

The giraffe was shy and wouldn't turn its head. The goat was quite a tree climber. I don't think I have ever seen that before.

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African Lion

The Park has a lot of lions and they are sitting everywhere.

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African Ostrich & PeaCock

I happened to get quite close to a male ostrich, but I was careful, because they will peck you. The PeaCocks are all over the Park like they are at most Japanese zoos.

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The Park has several really nice Rhinos.

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The Park also has a lot of tigers. Some were active, and as you will see, some were not.

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These are the milk cows of Tibet.

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The Zebra stay close together most of the time. It is amazing that these animals cannot be tamed.

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