Sapporo Maruyama Zoo is a municipal animal park in Sapporo, Hokkaido Prefecture. When it opened in 1951, this zoo was the 10 largest in all of Japan, and it is still one of the most popular zoos in the country, ranging from Surrounded by nature. In 2013, the zoo was home to 184 different types of animals. These include numerous mammals, birds and reptiles. In addition, the zoo is committed to raising various breeds. The philosophy behind the Sapporo Maruyama Zoo is to provide the animals with a natural environment in which its residents can act according to their natural instincts. With the help of the modern zoo facilities, the animals can easily share their experiences with the visitors. Last but not least, there is the zoo's forest. A forest area on the edge of the zoo with an area of 2 hectares where you can experience Sapporo from 50 years ago.