JAPAN PHOTOS by Philbert Ono

*Be sure to wear a mask when traveling.


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Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center is a great place to learn about the island's wildlife. There are some English captions too.
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Inside Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center. One floor full of panel exhibits and stuffed specimens.
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About the Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center.
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Iriomote map shows where the Iriomote wildcat was sighted (orange tags with date and time) and roadkill locations (red tags). People need to drive carefully.If you see an injured or dead Iriomote wildcat, call 0980-85-5581.
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About Iriomote's wildlife.
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Map of Iriomote.
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Iriomote with the main town of Ohara on the lower right.
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The center's main exhibit is the stuffed Iriomote wildcats.
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Iriomote is famous for the Iriomote wildcat (イリオモテ ヤマネコ). Endemic to Iriomote and critically endangered.
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Only 100 or so left on the island. They are nocturnal and have stubby legs and a thick tail. Discovered relatively recently in 1965.
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There's no zoo, etc., where we can see a live Iriomote cat. They only have stuffed Iriomote cats here at the Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center.
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In the past, they did have a live Iriomote cat here, found injured on the road and treated here.
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Characteristics of the Iriomote wildcat.
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Characteristics of the Iriomote wildcat.
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Even though the Iriomote cat is all over Iriomote as a tourist symbol, we can't see any live ones.
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Life cycle of Iriomote wildcat.
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Skeleton of Iriomote wildcat.
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Roadkill of Iriomote cats is a problem especially since they are nocturnal and Iriomote roads are dark. Residents are told to drive slowly at night.
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Iriomote's birds.
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Turtle on Iriomote.
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Bats on Iriomote.
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Bats on Iriomote.
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About habu snakes (venomous).
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Times for sunrise, sunset, moon rise/set, and high/low tide on Iriomote in Oct.
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Stuffed toy Iriomote wildcat.
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