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Unique Sanctuary with the Highest Number of Chimpanzees and Bonobos in Japan

Kumamoto Sanctuary (KS) is the first and only sanctuary for chimpanzees and bonobos in Japan. It is located approximately 800km southwest of Kyoto University’s main campus. The KS staff are passionately committed to enhancing the physical and psychological well-being of the chimpanzees and bonobos housed at the Sanctuary. The facility, chimpanzees, and other properties of Kumamoto Sanctuary were transferred from a private company to Kyoto University on August 1st, 2011. KS is now officially part of the Wildlife Research Center (WRC) at Kyoto University, WRC being the sister institute of the Primate Research Institute of Kyoto University (KUPRI). In Japan, no chimpanzees whatsoever are used in laboratory research. All of the chimpanzees formerly involved in biomedical research have now been retired and are housed comfortably at Kumamoto Sanctuary. The last three chimpanzees that still remained in another biomedical research were transferred to KS on May 15th 2012. Six bonobos are now housed at KS, having arrived in two groups in December, 2013; and May, 2014 respectively. As of April 2016 there are, in total, 58 chimpanzees and 6 bonobos living at KS. KS is not open to the public for health and safety reasons.

2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes

Updated on August 10, 2016 at 12:00am JST.

On the nights of April 14 and 16, Kumamoto Sanctuary (KS) was hit by several strong earthquakes. The magnitude 7.3 earthquake (the main quake) occurred approximately 35 km northeast of KS at 01:25 JST, April 16. Fortunately, the KS facility sustained only minor damage. We extend our sincere condolences to all those more deeply affected by this event.
Photo 1
The chimpanzees and bonobos of KS uttered repeated high-pitched barks in response to the series of aftershocks those nights. During the following day, they were less active than usual and napped frequently in their outdoor enclosures, most likely because they had been too anxious to sleep well at night. Some chimps and bonobo individuals appeared extremely cautious about entering their indoor enclosures; some lost their appetite entirely.

Photo 1: Chimps all taking a nap
Three weeks have now passed since the main quake occurred. Even though the aftershocks continue, the KS chimpanzees and bonobos are returning, little by little, to their daily life of play, laughter and even small fights between friends. We look forward, with hope, to a day that will resound with the laughter of chimps and bonobos, when things will return to normal for every other living creature, including humans.
Photo 2 (Taken on April 30, 2016)

2016 Kumamoto Earthquakes Factsheet

Record of Magnitude 5+ Earthquakes

Date and Time Hypocenter Magnitude
14 April 2016 21:26 JST (12:26 UTC) Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture 6.5
14 April 2016 22:07 JST (13:07 UTC) Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture 5.8
15 April 2016 00:03 JST (14 April 2016 15:03 UTC) Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture 6.4
16 April 2016 01:25 JST (15 April 2016 16:25 UTC) Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture 7.3
16 April 2016 01:45 JST (15 April 2016 16:45 UTC) Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture 5.9
16 April 2016 03:55 JST (15 April 2016 18:55 UTC) Aso Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture 5.8
16 April 2016 09:48 JST (00:48 UTC) Kumamoto Chiho of Kumamoto Prefecture 5.4

Figure: Temporal distribution of the 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake (Click to Zoom)

Useful References & Websites

1. The 2016 Kumamoto Earthquake Portal http://www.jma.go.jp/jma/en/2016_Kumamoto_Earthquake/2016_Kumamoto_Earthquake.html
  Portal website managed by the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), a Japanese governmental agency.

2. Information on the seismic intensity at each location http://www.jma.go.jp/en/quake/quake_local_index.html
  This web page displays detailed information about each earthquake, recorded by the Japan Meteorological Agency.

2. Japan National Tourism Organization http://www.jnto.go.jp/eq/kumamoto.html
  The Japan National Tourism Organization offers safety tips and information and updates on the availability of transport routes as and when they are restored.


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