Ueno Zoo, located in Tokyo’s Taito ward, is Japan's oldest zoo. First opened in 1882, it is home to a variety of animals including giant pandas, elephants, lions, and polar bears. The giant pandas are particularly popular attractions with visitors. In addition, there is also a reptile house, nocturnal house, an aquarium, as well as themed areas for alpacas, ostriches, and so on. Located amid the hustle and bustle of downtown Tokyo, Ueno Zoo not only provides recreation, but also plays an essential role in wildlife conservation and public education.