Tobu Zoo

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Tobu Zoo
Ferris wheel in Tobu Zoo Park 001.jpg
Date openingMarch 28, 1981
Coordinates36°01′16″N 139°42′47″E / 36.021°N 139.713°E / 36.021; 139.713Coordinates: 36°01′16″N 139°42′47″E / 36.021°N 139.713°E / 36.021; 139.713
OwnerTobu Railway

Tobu Zoo (東武動物公園, Tobu-doubutsu-kouen) is a zoo 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]

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  1. ^ a b Rogers, Jon (2 May 2017). "Pick up a penguin? Humboldt bird falls in love with cardboard cutout placed in his pen".
  2. ^ "Japan zoo mourns death of love-struck penguin". Yahoo News.
  3. ^ "Japan mourns anime-loving penguin". 13 October 2017 – via
  4. ^ "「2次元に恋したペンギン」グレープ君が死ぬ。 『けものフレンズ』のパネル見つめる姿で有名に". 13 October 2017. (in Japanese)
  5. ^ "東武動物公園で"おにいさん"がペンギントーク". Mainichi Daily News. 15 May 2015. Archived from the original on 14 October 2017. (in Japanese)
  6. ^ 安藤健二 (15 June 2017). "東武動物公園×けものフレンズ コラボ企画 人気なのだ!". Huffington Post Japan. (in Japanese)
  7. ^ Oona McGee (13 October 2017). "Japan's anime-loving penguin Grape-kun passes away at Tobu Zoo". SoraNews24.