Kemono Friends: Youkoso Japari Park e! (けものフレンズ ‐ようこそジャパリパークへ!‐) is a manga illustrated and written by Furai depicting the events at Japari Park prior to the Kemono Friends anime. The manga have been collected in two volumes, released on December 26th 2016 and February 10th 2017 in Japan.
Following the story of the new caretaker in training, Nana, we get to meet a lot of first generation Friends in a slice-of-life comedy setting before the second Cerulean threat reached the park.
Nana always wanted to become a caretaker at Japari Park since she was a child. Finally the day came for when she could start her training and begin to look after and befriend a bunch of Friends.
But she soon learns that not all Friends are easy to befriend, with girls like Ezo Red Fox who will rather steal Japari Buns than listen to some newbie caretaker. Still, she must do her best to make all the Friends happy and fulfill her dream as a caretaker.