I visited San Diego Zoo SAFARI PARK, California, USA for Biological monitoring. Though I have visited various places in Japan to see the health consequence of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident, I can find no effect against creatures in Japan. However, there is a concern that radioactive materials will be brought to overseas by the wind. So I have wanted to see the effects against overseas too.
San Diego is in front of Pacific Ocean as same as Japan. I have wondered if animals in San Diego have some effects by Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant accident.
San Diego Zoo SAFARI PARK is just 30 miles north of San Diego Zoo. At the safari park we can see rhinos, zebras, and giraffes and so on, as if we are in the middle of Africa. There are more than 3,500 rare and exotic animals roaming several expansive habitats as large as 100 acres.
So I visited the safari park to see effects of the accident against animals living there. As far as I have observed, they were fine and I couldn’t find any impact of the accident. People in San Diego have no worry about the accident, because it is far away from the site and radioactive materials couldn’t reach there.
Posted by Yoshitaka Kiriake from Japan on June 5, 2013.