Maruyama Zoo in Sapporo, opened in 1951 and currently the 10th largest zoological garden in Japan, has had a somewhat curious origin. It started as a travelling zoo hosted by Sapporo City and the zoo travelled all the way to Tokyo's Ueno Zoo. And it was only when this travelling zoo received an enthusiastic response from people that the Sapporo City Council decided to establish a permanent zoo in the city.
Records available from the year 2013 tell that the zoo, also known as the Maruyama Park, was home at that time to 184 varieties of birds, reptiles and mammals. Another telling aspect of the zoo is its chief working principle of creating natural habitats for all its different types of animals.
Currently, the most popular among the many enclosures of the zoo include the enclosure for Polar Bear, also known as the World Bear House; the enclosure for the Hokkaido native Ezo wolf and deer; the House of Ezo Brown Bear; and the Kangaroo House where you will find, besides the kangaroos, different species of rabbits and pandas.