Tobu Zoo

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Tobu Zoo
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Tobu Zoo
36°01′16″N139°42′47″E / 36.021°N 139.713°E / 36.021; 139.713
Date openingMarch 28, 1981
Owner Tobu Railway

Tobu Zoo (東武動物公園, Tōbu dōbutsu kōen) is a combination of a zoo and an amusement park located in Miyashiro, Saitama Prefecture, Japan.



Grape-kun was a 21-year-old Humboldt penguin at the zoo. [1] [2] [3] [4] [5] [6] His attachment to an anime cutout of a character from Kemono Friends earned him international fame. [1] The zoo announced his death on 12 October 2017. [7]


In promoting the 2018 movie Bungo Stray Dogs: Dead Apple , Tobu Zoo a pictures of weretiger character Atsushi Nakajima alongside white tiger known as "Rocky-kun". During the promotion of this event, Atsushi's voice actor, Yūto Uemura, collaborated in making multiple announcement which was run between February 24 and March 3, 2018. [8]

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Tōbu-Dōbutsu-Kōen Station on the confluence of the Tobu Isesaki, Nikko, and Skytree Lines is located nearby the zoo.

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