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Panda News

Hao Hao & Xing Hui are ready to meet the public

Hao Hao & Xing Hui arrived in Belgium on February 23, 2014. Both pandas have been doing fine in their Quarantine Time and they have started to explore their outside yards at their new home Pairi Daiza since March 12, 2014. Pairi Daiza will open to the public on April 3, 2014. The Belgian public

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www.giantpandazoo.com was founded by Jeroen Jacobs. His panda story started in the summer of 1987 when two giant pandas visited his home town Antwerp. The first edition of this website went online on October 15, 2000. Jeroen became one of the Pambassadors of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in September 2010. The giant panda is listed as endangered in the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN’s) Red List of Threatened Animals. There are about 1600 left in the wild. About 376 giant pandas live in captivity (breeding centers & zoos). At this moment there are 45 giant pandas who live in zoos outside of China. These 45 pandas live in 17 zoos in 12 countries. This website will take you on a tour around the world to visit the captive giant pandas.
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Panda Zoo News

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Hao Hao & Xing Hui are ready to meet the public

Hao Hao & Xing Hui arrived in Belgium on February 23, 2014. Both pandas have been doing fine in their Quarantine Time and they have started to explore their outside yards at their new home Pairi Daiza since March 12, 2014. Pairi Daiza will open to the public on April 3, 2014. The Belgian public

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Bao Bao goes outside

April 1, 2014 was an exciting day at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat! Bao Bao made her first excursion outside with Mei Xiang. Keepers said at first she was a little hesitant, but after a little reassurance from mom she wandered into the outdoor yard. Once outside Bao Bao

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Ocean Park welcomes 2014 Panda Breeding Season

Ocean Park is happy to announce that Ying Ying, the 8-year-old female giant panda, is confirmed to be entering her estrous cycle for this year. Starting from today, Ying Ying and Le Le will be put together for mating opportunities, and the Giant Panda Adventure exhibit will be temporarily closed to the public during this

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Xi Jinping & King Philippe of Belgium visit Pairi Daiza

The Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan visited Hao Hao & Xing Hui’s new home at Pairi Daiza with Belgium’s King Philippe and Queen Mathilde on March 30, 2014. They officially openend Belgium’s Panda Forest, that will open to the public on April 3, 2014.

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Zoo Atlanta’s celebrates 125th Birthday

This March, Zoo Atlanta — the oldest cultural institution in Atlanta — officially turns 125 years old. It’s amazing when you think about it: the Zoo has been community supported since 1889—a time when there were no cars, no planes and only 40 states in the union, a time when the Georgia State Capitol was

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Michelle Obama visits Chengdu Panda Base

The United States of America’s First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Chengdu Panda Base with her daughters Maila & Sasha and her mother, Marian Robinson on March 26, 2014. The visit to the pandas was the last day of her official visit to China. Learn more about the First Lady’s trip at http://www.wh.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip

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Toronto Zoo Giant Pandas Celebrate One Year Anniversary

Toronto Zoo Giant Pandas Celebrate ONE Year Anniversary  2013-2014  It’s hard to believe that it has been 365 days since Er Shun and Da Mao, the charismatic giant panda duo, landed on Canadian soil after an 18 hour flight from Chengdu China.  Since March 25, 2013 the giant pandas have won the hearts of not only

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Mei Lun & Mei Huan’s first day outside

Mei Lun and Mei Huan went out into the outdoor habitat at Zoo Atlanta for the first time on March 20, 2014. The cubs explored many parts of the exhibit — the climbing structure, the cave and the tree. After their big day exploring, long naps were had by all.

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Yuan Zai explores the outside world in Taipei

Taiwan’s most popular panda, Yuan Zai, has started to explore the outside yard of Taipei Zoo’s Panda Building. As most panda cubs, she enjoyed to explore the yard and to climb as high as possible…

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Fu Bao’s first day outside

A big step in the life of a small panda cub at Tiergarten Schönbrunn / Zoo Vienna: After seven months, Fu Bao went outside for the first time with hus mother Yang Yang and he started to climb for the first time in the outside exhibit. „Everything is new for Fu Bao and that makes

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Xiao Liwu: Weaning Wrap-up

Here is the final update on weaning Xiao Liwu by Suzanne Hall, a senior research technician for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research: Late last week, we separated Xiao Liwu from his mother for the last time. He remained in the main viewing exhibits for a few days while Bai Yun was shifted

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Training Pandas

“I am working to improve the way we train and manage pandas in captivity so that we can help save this iconic and endangered species.” James Ayala was excited the first time he saw the pandas up close at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, but when he thought about how he was

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3 Stars for ZooParc de Beauval

ZooParc de Beauval has received 3 stars in the Green Guide from Michelin >. After being classified as one of the 15 nicest zoos worldwide by Forbes Travel Guide, one of the 10 nices zoos worldwide by l’Express and after recieving a certificat of excellence by TripAdvisor in 2013, this is another recognition for the

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Ueno Zoo’s Panda Breeding Season starts

With the pair of giant pandas in Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo now in their annual breeding season, hopes are high that they will produce a cub. “The two have good chemistry,” a zoo official said. “We are watching them carefully.” Since the Chinese-born pandas arrived at the zoo in February 2011, natural mating has been observed

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Xiao Liwu weaning update

Suzanne Hall, a senior research technician for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, wrote this update on weaning Xiao Liwu: After many days of short separations, giant pandas Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu were doing well. Both bears had a few hours each morning to be on their own, and both spent that

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Hao Hao & Xing Hui arrived in Belgium

Hao Hao & Xing Hui arrived safely in Belgium on February 23, 2014. The DHL Panda Flight landed at Brussels Airport around noon and Hao Hao & Xing Hui were welcomed by Pairi Daiza’s CEO Eric Domb, Belgium’s Prime Minister Elio Di Rupo, the Ambassador of China in Belgium Liao Liqiang. Hao Hao & Xing

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Farewell Ceremony for Xing Hui & Hao Hao to Belgium

Hao Hao & Xing Hui left China on February 22, 2013. Click here to see the Photo Album of their last day at the Du Jiang Yan Base of CCRCGP, the Farewell Ceremony and the start of their journey with DHL to Belgium.

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Valentines Day at Chiang Mai Zoo

Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui received Valentine gifts on February 14, 2014 at the recently renovated and refurnished padna exhibit at the Chiang Mai Zoo. Chiang Mai Zoo director, veterinarian Kanchai Sanwong and veterinarian Boripat Siriaroonrat celebrated Lin Ping’s Giant Panda Zoo Awards of 2013 with Lin Ping’s Fans, to thank all fans who love

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San Diego Zoo News

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Xiao Liwu: Weaning Wrap-up

Here is the final update on weaning Xiao Liwu by Suzanne Hall, a senior research technician for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research: Late last week, we separated Xiao Liwu from his mother for the last time. He remained in the main viewing exhibits for a few days while Bai Yun was shifted

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Zoo Atlanta News

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Zoo Atlanta’s celebrates 125th Birthday

This March, Zoo Atlanta — the oldest cultural institution in Atlanta — officially turns 125 years old. It’s amazing when you think about it: the Zoo has been community supported since 1889—a time when there were no cars, no planes and only 40 states in the union, a time when the Georgia State Capitol was

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National Zoo News

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Bao Bao goes outside

April 1, 2014 was an exciting day at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat! Bao Bao made her first excursion outside with Mei Xiang. Keepers said at first she was a little hesitant, but after a little reassurance from mom she wandered into the outdoor yard. Once outside Bao Bao

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Memphis Zoo News

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Le Le picks Broncos to win Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is the annual championship game of the National Football League (NFL), the highest level of professional American football in the United States, culminating a season that begins in the late summer of the previous calendar year. Memphis Zoo’s Le Le tried to predict who will win this sunday and he chose the

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Chapultepec Zoo News

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Xiu Hua died

Xiu Hua died at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City on Saturday April 27, 2013. The daughter of Pe Pe & Ying Ying who was born in Mexico on June 25, 1985 became 27 years old. She was the fourth cub to be born at the Chapultepec Zoo, the most succesfull panda breeding center outside

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Toronto Zoo News

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Toronto Zoo Giant Pandas Celebrate One Year Anniversary

Toronto Zoo Giant Pandas Celebrate ONE Year Anniversary  2013-2014  It’s hard to believe that it has been 365 days since Er Shun and Da Mao, the charismatic giant panda duo, landed on Canadian soil after an 18 hour flight from Chengdu China.  Since March 25, 2013 the giant pandas have won the hearts of not only

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Tiergarten Schönbrunn News

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Fu Bao’s first day outside

A big step in the life of a small panda cub at Tiergarten Schönbrunn / Zoo Vienna: After seven months, Fu Bao went outside for the first time with hus mother Yang Yang and he started to climb for the first time in the outside exhibit. „Everything is new for Fu Bao and that makes

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Zoo Madrid News

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Hua Zui Ba & Xing Bao are in Zoo Madrid’s Panda Pagoda

Zoo Madrid celebrated the Chinese New Year with the first appearance of Hua Zui Ba and Xing Bao in the Panda Pagoda. Mother and cub will be visible for the public from now on. The five months old panda cub and his mother will remain indoors until spring when it is warm enough for them

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Edinburgh Zoo News

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Panda Training @ Edinburgh Zoo

Iain Valentine, Edinburgh Zoo’s Director of Giant Panda Project, wrote this update about the Panda Training in Scotland: I have always said that if you want to see pandas at their most active, then come to the Zoo when it’s cold. In the last couple of weeks, as we all know, the weather has changed

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ZooParc de Beauval News

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3 Stars for ZooParc de Beauval

ZooParc de Beauval has received 3 stars in the Green Guide from Michelin >. After being classified as one of the 15 nicest zoos worldwide by Forbes Travel Guide, one of the 10 nices zoos worldwide by l’Express and after recieving a certificat of excellence by TripAdvisor in 2013, this is another recognition for the

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Pairi Daiza News

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Hao Hao & Xing Hui are ready to meet the public

Hao Hao & Xing Hui arrived in Belgium on February 23, 2014. Both pandas have been doing fine in their Quarantine Time and they have started to explore their outside yards at their new home Pairi Daiza since March 12, 2014. Pairi Daiza will open to the public on April 3, 2014. The Belgian public

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Adventure World News

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Mei Bang & Yong Bang moved from Wakayama to Chengdu

Mei Bang (female, Mei Hin in Japanese) and Yong Bang (male, Ei Hin in Chinese) moved from their birthtown Wakayama to Chengdu on February 26, 2013. Mei Bang & Yong Bang are the first cubs of Rau Hin (Liang Bang in Chinese). The 2 pandas born are the 7th and the 8th panda born in

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Kobe Oji Zoo News

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Tan Tan celebrates her 18th Birthday

Tan Tan, celebrated her 18th Birthday at the Kobe Oji Zoo. The daughter of Dong Dong & Zhen Zhen was born on September 16, 1995 at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Wolong. She is the only panda in Kobe after the tragic death of her mate Ko Ko in 2010.

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Ueno Zoo News

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Ueno Zoo’s Panda Breeding Season starts

With the pair of giant pandas in Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo now in their annual breeding season, hopes are high that they will produce a cub. “The two have good chemistry,” a zoo official said. “We are watching them carefully.” Since the Chinese-born pandas arrived at the zoo in February 2011, natural mating has been observed

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Chiang Mai Zoo News

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Valentines Day at Chiang Mai Zoo

Chuang Chuang and Lin Hui received Valentine gifts on February 14, 2014 at the recently renovated and refurnished padna exhibit at the Chiang Mai Zoo. Chiang Mai Zoo director, veterinarian Kanchai Sanwong and veterinarian Boripat Siriaroonrat celebrated Lin Ping’s Giant Panda Zoo Awards of 2013 with Lin Ping’s Fans, to thank all fans who love

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Taipei Zoo News

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Yuan Zai explores the outside world in Taipei

Taiwan’s most popular panda, Yuan Zai, has started to explore the outside yard of Taipei Zoo’s Panda Building. As most panda cubs, she enjoyed to explore the yard and to climb as high as possible…

River Safari News

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Kai Kai & Jia Jia: one year in Singapore

Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) and CapitaLand Limited (CapitaLand), the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme in Singapore, threw a big panda party for Kai Kai and Jia Jia today, with a specially-made cake and toy for the birthday duo. The birthday bash marks the start of week-long festivities at River

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Zoo Negara

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Zoo Negara is almost ready for Fu Wa & Feng Yi

Giant pandas Fu Wa and Feng Yi are set to settle into their home at Zoo Negara, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia by April 2014. Malaysian Natural Resources and Envi­ronment Minister Datuk Seri G. Palanivel said the RM25mil panda complex had been completed, featuring three main exhibit areas which would be kept at under 24°C to mimic

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Adelaide Zoo News

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Adelaide Giant Panda Breeding Season

The 2013 Adelaide Zoo Giant Panda breeding season has concluded with Funi coming into season on September 21, 2013. After closely monitoring Funi’s hormonal levels to determine the short breeding window of opportunity, Wang Wang was introduced for a natural mating. After a period of time and several unsuccessful attempts, it was apparent a natural

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CRBGPB Chengdu Panda Base News

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Michelle Obama visits Chengdu Panda Base

The United States of America’s First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Chengdu Panda Base with her daughters Maila & Sasha and her mother, Marian Robinson on March 26, 2014. The visit to the pandas was the last day of her official visit to China. Learn more about the First Lady’s trip at http://www.wh.gov/First-Lady-China-Trip

CCRCGP Ya'an Bi Feng Xia Base News

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Pandas International’s Suzanne Bradon tells us why we are reintroducing pandas

  Zhang Xiang has just begun her life as a wild panda.  Her journey into the wild marks the second  release of a captive born panda from the new reintroduction program developed at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP).   The first to be released, Tao Tao, was recently examined in

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Chinese Panda Zoos News

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Ocean Park welcomes 2014 Panda Breeding Season

Ocean Park is happy to announce that Ying Ying, the 8-year-old female giant panda, is confirmed to be entering her estrous cycle for this year. Starting from today, Ying Ying and Le Le will be put together for mating opportunities, and the Giant Panda Adventure exhibit will be temporarily closed to the public during this

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