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Animal Land (Japanese: どうぶつの国, Hepburn: Dōbutsu no Kuni, lit. transl. "Country of the Animals") is a Japanese manga series written and illustrated by Makoto Raiku. The series follows a human baby abandoned by his mother who ends up in a world inhabited solely by animals and is raised by a tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog). It was originally serialized in Kodansha's Bessatsu Shōnen Magazine from October 2009 to February 2014. Later, it was compiled into fourteen collected tankōbon volumes by Kodansha in Japan. These volumes were licensed in North America by Kodansha USA and published from August 2011 to October 2018.

Animal Land

Raiku chose the animal world as the main theme of the series because he wanted a topic that had never been attempted before in a shōnen manga. The animals are used as a metaphor to explore human themes, and because of the subjects it deals with it has been described as "darker" than it apparently was. This, however, did not prevent it from being well received by critics and winning the Kodansha Manga Award for Best Children's Manga. It has also sold reasonably, appearing in weekly top ten lists of best-selling manga both in Japan and North America.

A tanuki (Japanese raccoon dog) called Monoko (モノコ) has her parents killed by lynxes; she feels lonely as she is the only tanuki without a family. A day while she is fishing, Monoko finds an abandoned human baby, whose name is Taroza (タロウザ, Tarouza), and decides to raise him as her child. In a world inhabited only by animals, the human baby is a mystery; he can speak with all animal species even when the different species cannot communicate between them. This ability makes him able to save Kurokagi (クロカギ), a lynx who questions the world's concept of "law of the jungle". He injures himself while trying to protect the tanuki and vows to protect Taroza thenceforth. Seven years later, Taroza has reunited many other animal species and constructed a village, where he lives with them.

As the story progress Taroza meets with other humans: Capri (カプリ, Kapuri), a girl raised by lions; Jyu (ジュウ, Jū), a sadistic boy who lives along with a wolf; Giller (ギラー, Girā), a man who wants to destroy all animals using genetically-altered beings called "Chimera"; and Riemu (リエム), a girl raised by gorillas. In his quest to make all animals live in peace, Taroza discovers the existence of the "Eternity Fruit" that can be eaten by carnivore and herbivore. This fruit was created by Quo (クオウ, Kuou), the last human who lived some years before the start of the series. He had the same desire Taroza has and found the Eternity Fruit and the ability to speak are the solutions. For this purpose, he created a machine to make all animals understand others cries, and brought Taroza, Capri, Jyu, Giller, and Riemu from their times to the present.

Makoto Raiku declared he wanted to write a history that was never seen in a shōnen manga magazine before.[2] The first character Raiku created was Monoko, having initially envisioned her raising a baby in the human world, which he changed after talking with his editor.[4] The fact the human baby can understand the cries of all animal species was described as "kind of like a powered-up version of the human ability of 'speech'."[4][5] Raiku went to Maasai Mara National Reserve, Kenya to do research,[6] and although needed to look at photographs of animals as he found them difficult to draw,[7] the animals allowed him to make comical chapters even if he was dealing with "difficult themes."[4][8]

Reviewers have discussed on its theme and content compared to its target audience. Silverman said Raiku uses the animals as a metaphor to humans while "handling of the darker side of societies."[8] Silverman deemed it as "darker than it at first appears", compared it to The Fox and the Hound and pondered, "It is, at its heart, a tale of love and friendship and how together we are stronger than apart. But it is also a story of child-abandonment, the cruelties of nature, and the violence of the natural world."[9] Katherine Dacey of School Library Journal cited its humor and art as "better suited" to tweens, while cited its "darker material", and compared Monoko's parents death to that of mother of Babar, a character by Jean de Brunhoff.[10] Scott Green of Ain't It Cool News asserted that "There are plenty of bits here that are more Werner Herzog than Walt Disney" and that "It seems like it's for young kids, but it doesn't seem appropriate for them."[5] Mark Thomas of The Fandom Post said it feels "a bit juvenile, both in story and in humor, but there are themes present that seem to be for an older crowd" and "scenes that [...] a lot of kids would struggle to understand".[11][12]

Silverman criticized some "discrepancies", including the human features in the tanuki, Monoko's uncertain size and age, as well as the fact that Kurokagi wears clothes.[8] Welsh commented on the anthropomorphic features in the animals, deeming it "creepy", also criticizing its "shrillness" because of the "hyperactive characters".[61] In opposition, Kirby, comparing the tanuki's faces to the Excel Saga's Puchuu aliens, stated it has "plenty comedic value on their own."[1] Kirby deemed the characters "interesting", and the world "fantastically different."[1] Brown also praised the characters, especially Taroza, whose growth he appreciated to accompany.[62] Scott Green of Ain't It Cool News commented that "It's a unique formula that that isn't quite convincing in its infant stage, but which becomes more attention commanding as it matures".[5]

We have dozens of different types of animals here at Adirondack Animal Land! This is where to start learning about all the fascinating creatures you will see when you visit. Of course, exhibits are subject to change without notice.

Minnesota's largest wildlife park/petting zoo featuring over 100 animals representing every continent on earth. Some of the animals who make their homes at Animal Land include: lions, tigers, bears, camels, kangaroo, monkeys, lemurs, 3 varieties of deer, cougars, bobcats, leopards, servals, raccoons, and dozens of other animals. Learning centers and gift shops available.

By teaching communities that share space with cheetahs how to farm and expand sustainably and providing incentives for using the best practices, AWF is encouraging the people and animals are able to coexist peacefully. AWF is also helping to construct predator-proof bomas (livestock enclosures) to prevent the livestock from as much harm as possible. When cheetahs do kill livestock, farmers are given consolation funding so that they can replace the dead animal without having to seek revenge against the cheetahs.

In addition, AWF is also working to set aside land for conservation to ensure the cheetah will always have a place to live. When the Satao Elerai Lodge was opened in Kenya, the local Maasai community who owns the lodge agreed to set aside the surrounding area for conservation, and now the business and the land is thriving.

Adirondack Animal Land is a family owned and operated wildlife park designed to provide a home in all natural settings for over 500 animals and located on 80 acres of farm land nestled in the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains, near the Great Sacandaga Lake.

Artists Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars use projected imagery to induce dialogue about the displacement and loss of native wildlife.Find out more here: and

Collaborators, Lauren Strohacker and Kendra Sollars, are responding to nature on the verge of collapse due to the politicization and exploitation of land and wildlife management, and investigating a future where genuine interactions between humans and non-human animals may not exist. Quietly detached, Animal Land is a visual metaphor of this long, unfolding narrative that wavers between displacement, reintroduction and loss.

The Animal-land cartoons included such titles as Ginger Nutt's "Forest Dragon" "Christmas Circus" "Bee Bother, and "It's a Lovely Day," all with such characters as Corny Crow, Dusty Mole, Hazel Nutt, and others. Animal-land also included titles "The Ostrich" and "The House Cat." "The Platypus," "The Lion" and "The Cuckoo."

Now, all of the Animal-land characters are ready for their first movie ever! Joined by dinosaurs, owls, alligators, a real dragon, and other animals, the animals must save their home, with the help of a young boy.

The Christmas Circus is about to begin and all the animals are invited. All that is, except for Boko the Parrot, who has to steal Willie Weasel's ticket to gain admittance. As the curtain goes up on the performance, so Boko must thwart the efforts of Willie to regain his seat and flatten the parrot. But in the end, Willie's the one who's silenced as the applause rings around the Big Top and we're all wished a peaceful Christmas...

All the Animal-land characters make an appearance in this film, and many are named for the first time as they perform in the circus. Ginger is the Ringmaster and Hazel mans the box office. Chirpy plays in the brass band, and Cooky Cuckoo is a One-Bird-Band on his own. Dusty Mole and Loopy Hare pretend to be Santa, whilst Kobber and Kate kookaburra clown around.

To learn more about what goes on at the shelter, to get the latest information on adoption special, events and to meet our available animals, follow us on Facebook and Instagram!

The African Elephant is the largest land animal on Earth with some adult males capable of reaching 3.5m in height and weighing more than 5,000kg. Their historical range would have once extended throughout much of central and southern Africa, although today they are confined to much smaller areas.

Found in forests, savannahs, and plains these nomadic animals spend the majority of their time migrating across the African wilderness in search of food and water, in small family groups that contain around 10 individuals and consist of mothers and their calves. Here are just a handful of their most fascinating facts: 350c69d7ab

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