The Sasebo Zoological Park and Botanical Garden opened in 1961.
Approximately 330 animals including the children's favorite elephants and giraffes are kept in the extensive park, and almost 21,000 plants are grown all over the park and garden. In the warm climate controlled greenhouse tropical plants such as the royal water lily with giant leaves that could carry a small child is cultivated, and you could enjoy the sense of walking through the Amazon rainforest.
As well as holding events by the season, there are monthly events such as the Animal Veterinary House Exploration, Herbal Soap Making Class and Pet Insect Class.
Pictures of some of the botanical gardens
I was greatly disappointed with the monkey exhibit. There is a feeding station where kids can pay 100 yen for food and they throw it at the monkeys from above. The whole exhibit is made of concrete, old tires and lined with electric fencing so that the monkeys won't climb the walls to escape, not at all close to what their natural environment would look like.
Various Animals we saw
The Penguin Exhibit was pretty impressive. The aquarium is built around a room where you can view the penguins from in side a room below or up on the roof of the building
Green House of exotic plants