Check out the polar bears:
And here's the elephant:
On a more positive note, the zoo is also an amusement park for kids. And the place was deserted last Friday when we were there, so it all worked out. For us, I mean. Not the polar bears.
Last stop: the sad little penguin exhibit.
A heron stopped in for a drink before taking off again.
They say the Himeji Castle, a.k.a. Shirasagi-jo, looks like a big white heron in flight. What do you think?