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Gunma Safari World Co., Ltd. 45th anniversary thanks to you

Gunma Safari World Co., Ltd.
Thanks to you, 45th anniversary
Thanks to your support, we have reached our 45th anniversary. ……
The park opened in May 1979, and this year marks its 45th anniversary. Gunma Safari World Co., Ltd. 1 Okamoto, Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture 370-2321 TEL. 0274-64-2111 FAX. 0274-64-2112 URL. Gunma Safari World Co., Ltd. (Shoichi Kikuchi, Representative Director, Tomioka City, Gunma Prefecture) would like to introduce a baby Malayan tapir at Gunma Safari Park, which he manages.
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[Image 1:×2925.jpg] Thanks to you, 45th anniversary
May 1, 2024 will be our 45th birthday.
Gunma Safari Park was established on May 1, 1979 as the first full-fledged safari park in eastern Japan (the fifth in Japan). Since then, it has been designated by the Gunma Prefectural Board of Education as a museum-equivalent facility, welcoming a total of approximately 20 million people, working to conserve wild animal ecosystems, providing a place for environmental education, and collaborating with local organizations. We have continued to strengthen our operations.
As a representative example of regional cooperation, since 1982 we have been a special sponsor of the Gunma Safari Tomioka Marathon (sponsored by Tomioka City).
We were able to celebrate our 45th anniversary thanks to the support of everyone who visited our park, as well as the local municipalities of Tomioka City, Kanra Town, and Saku City. Thank you again.
[Image 2:×1536.jpg] Looking back over the past 45 years, we have established the Wolf Forest/Wolf Breeding Center for the purpose of breeding African elephants and breeding and exhibiting wolves, which are endangered due to foot-and-mouth disease, in order to preserve the wildlife ecosystem. We have carried out various activities such as donating African water buffalo to South Africa free of charge, which was in a state of crisis.
As a result of our activities, we have received six breeding awards from the Japan Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a public interest incorporated association to which our zoo belongs.
As a place for environmental education, we provide experiences that are different from ordinary zoos, such as night safaris, dusk safaris, petting parks, feeding experiences, and animal enclosure tours. We have 20,000 school and kindergarten groups visiting.
In addition, in 1988 (Showa 63), world famous star Michael Jackson visited Gunma Prefecture to make a donation to the Sato Traffic Orphans Welfare Foundation (Maebashi City).
On the other hand, due to the coronavirus pandemic that began in 2020, the park faced the worst crisis since its opening, and the continued operation of the park was in doubt.
[Image 3:×2000.jpg] Even now, the number of visitors has not returned to pre-coronavirus levels. As a result, it is becoming difficult to maintain an environment suitable for breeding animals, but since the coronavirus, we have conducted crowdfunding twice and have received great support. Specifically, we used the money to build a new Malayan tapir house (a cute baby was born last month), repair and renovate the breeding facility, and secure food for the animals.
In the future, we plan to introduce a bus with a lift so that even customers with physical disabilities can enjoy the feeding experience. Looking ahead to our next 50th and 100th anniversaries, we strive to maintain a better breeding environment, play our role as an
interpreter between the animals and you, and operate the facility so that our guests can have a valuable experience. I will continue to do so.
We appreciate your continued support for Gunma Safari Park.
Gunma Safari Park Director Shoji Kitamura
Animals and staff
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