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Giant Panda Zoo History

 

• Discovery of the giant panda »

The french missionary Armand David introduced "the black and white bear from China" to the west in 1869.

 

• The first giant panda outside of China »

Su Lin arrived at the Brookfield Zoo, Chicago, U.S.A on Februari 8, 1937.

 

• Giant panda breeding »

Cubs were born in China, Mexico City, Madrid, Washington D.C. Tokyo, Nanki-Shirahama,

San Diego, Atlanta, Kobe, Vienna & Chiang Mai

 

 

 

Bronx Zoo

 

New York, U.S.A.

 

Official website: www.bronxzoo.com

 

 

Giant Panda Zoo 1938-1987

 

 

 

Bronx Zoo

 

The New York Zoological Society was founded in the spring of 1895 when a group of nature-lovers obtained a charter for the Society from the New York State Legislature. In the following months a policy of scientific approach to the study of living zoology was laid down, financial and contract arrangements were made with the municipality and the wilderness of South Bronx Park was selected as a site for the New York Zoological Park. The Bronx Zoo was opened to the public on November 8, 1899.

 

 

 

   

History of Giant Pandas in New York

 

The Bronx Zoo had 6 giant pandas: Pandora, Pan, Pan Dee, Pan Dah, Ling Ling & Yun Yun

 

 

 

 

Pandora

 

Pandora (female) was born approximately in September 1937.

 

She has studbook number 3.

 

She was captured by a Chinese hunter in the Sichuan province in April 1938. She was bought by the West China Union University in Chengdu, who shipped her to New York.

 

She came to the Bronx Zoo on June 10, 1938.

 

In the Summer of 1939 and 1940 she was on display at the New York 'World Fair'.

 

Pandora died May 13, 1941.

 

 

 

Pan

 

Pan (male) was born approximately in September 1937.

 

He has studbook number 11.

 

He was captured in Qingchuan and was sent to New York by the West China Union University in Chengdu.

 

He came to the Bronx Zoo on May 1, 1939.

 

Pan died on May 5, 1940.

 

 

 

Pan Dee & Pan Dah

 

Pan Dee (female) was born approximately in September 1940.

 

She has studbook number 13.

 

She was captured in the Sichuan Province on September 3, 1941.

 

She came to the Bronx Zoo on December 30, 1941 with Pan Dah.

They came to New York as a goodwill gift from Tsjang Kai Tsjek, the wife of the Chinese emperor.

 

Pan Dee died on October 4, 1945

 

 

Pan Dah (female) was born approximately in September 1940.

 

She has studbook number 14.

 

She was captured in the Sichuan Province on October 13, 1941.

 

She came to the Bronx Zoo on December 30, 1941 with Pan Dee.

They came to New York as a goodwill gift from Tsjang Kai Tsjek, the wife of the Chinese emperor.

 

Pan Dah died on October 31, 1951.

 

 

 

Short term loan - Ling Ling & Yun Yun

 

From April 18, until November 5, 1987 te Bronx Zoo had 2 giant pandas on a short term loan from the Beijing Zoo.

 

 

Ling Ling (male) was born on September 5, 1985 at the Beijing Zoo.

 

He has studbook number 294.

 

His mother is Dai Dai (148) and his father is Lo Lo (186).

 

He was loaned to the Baoding Zoo from March 7 until April 16, 1987.

 

Later that year, he went on a trip to the U.S.A. with Yun Yun.

They arrived at the Bronx Zoo, New York, on April 18 and moved to Busch Gardens, Tampa on November 5, 1987. They returned to the Beijing Zoo in April 1988.

 

On November 5, 1992 he was traded for the Japanese born You You. The Ueno Zoo, Tokyo became Ling Ling's new home.

 

After his Japanese mate Tong Tong died, he made three breeding trips to the Chapultepec Zoo to mate with their three females. He stayed in Mexico from January 29, 2001 unitil April 24, 2001, from November 12, 2001 until April 24, 2002 and from January 27, 2003 until April 26, 2003.

 

Ling Ling died on April 30, 2008 at the Ueno Zoo from an hart-attack.

 

 

 

Yun Yun (female) was born approximately in September 1981.

 

She has studbook number 245.

 

She was captured on January 22, 1982 in Baoxing and was transferred to the Beijing Zoo on October 12, 1982.

 

In 1984, she went on a trip to the U.S.A. with Ying Xin.

They arrived at the Los Angeles Zoo on July 13 and moved to San Francisco Zoo on October 30, 1984. They returned to the Beijing Zoo on January 29, 1985.

 

In 1987, she went on a second trip to the U.S.A., this time with Ling Ling.

They arrived at the Bronx Zoo, New York, on April 18 and moved to Busch Gardens, Tampa on November 5, 1987. They returned to the Beijing Zoo in April 1988.

 

She was loaned to the Xian Zoo in May 1990 and from April until May 1991.

From April 25, 2002 until October 16, 2003 she was loaned to the Rongcheng's Xixiakou Wild Animal Zoo in Shandong. From February 26, 2004 until November 7, 2006 she was loaned to the Tianjin Zoo.

 

Yun Yun is the mother of 10 pandas (one of them is Ei Mei, who lives at Adventure World Shirahama, and she is also the grandmother of Ya Ya, who lives at Memphis Zoo).

 

Yun Yun died on December 3, 2006 at the Beijing Zoo.

 

 

 

 

The Present of the Bronx Zoo

 

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