With the aim to raise understanding and awareness of wildlife conservation in Okinawa Island, particularly in Yanbaru forest, Yanbaru Wildlife Center was opened in April of 2009. It is located in the forested northern part of Okinawa, in a mountainous area rich in diverse flora and fauna.
We are not even aware of the existence of this center until hubby and I saw it by chance after a wonderful hike at Hiji Falls. While there are no live animals kept in the center, the audio and visual presentations were aimed to be interactive with a library boosting a large collection of books with nature photos. It is quite a good place to bring the kids to learn about nature while having fun. However, we wish to have enjoyed it better had the materials were written also in English.
Check on Google Street View below for an additional information and perspective on Yanbaru Wildlife Conservation Center: