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.

Yanbaru Wildlife Center やんばる野生生物保護センター in the northern part of Okinawa, Japan.
Yanbaru Wildlife Center やんばる野生生物保護センター in the northern part of Okinawa, Japan.

 

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.

There are no live animals kept in Yanbaru Wildlife Center but the audio and visual presentations were aimed to be interactive, educational and fun.
There are no live animals kept in Yanbaru Wildlife Center but the audio and visual presentations were aimed to be interactive, educational and fun.
There are no live animals kept in Yanbaru Wildlife Center but the audio and visual presentations were aimed to be interactive, educational and fun.
There are no live animals kept in Yanbaru Wildlife Center but the audio and visual presentations were aimed to be interactive, educational and fun.
Some of the visual presentations inside the Yanbaru Wildlife Center in Okinawa, Japan.
Some of the visual presentations inside the Yanbaru Wildlife Center in Okinawa, Japan.
The library inside the Yanbaru Wildlife Center in Okinawa, Japan.
The library inside the Yanbaru Wildlife Center in Okinawa, Japan.
There are no live animals kept in Yanbaru Wildlife Center but the audio and visual presentations were aimed to be interactive, educational and fun like this exhibit of pseudo boar.
There are no live animals kept in Yanbaru Wildlife Center but the audio and visual presentations were aimed to be interactive, educational and fun like this exhibit of pseudo boar.

 

Check on Google Street View below for an additional information and perspective on Yanbaru Wildlife Conservation Center:

 

 

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