The giant panda twins’ 100 Day Naming Celebration
Monday, December 12, 2016
Be there when Cub A’s and Cub B’s names are revealed on their 100th day on December 12. Join us on the Grand Patio at Zoo Atlanta to be part of the big news!
- 9:30 a.m. – Entertainment – Wesley International School Choir
- 9:45 a.m. – Special remarks followed by the revealing of the twins’ names
- 10 a.m. – Celebratory lion dance in Flamingo Plaza
The twins will not yet be visible on December 12. We expect them to make their debut later this month or in January 2017 – stay tuned! Activities are free with general admission; free for Zoo Atlanta Members and children under 3.
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Each of the sets of names below has a special meaning or association with the cubs or their parents. Names have been provided by our partners in giant panda conservation in Chengdu, China.
Ba Lun and Shu Lun
Ba Shu are ancient names of the Sichuan area and are still widely used in China, including Sichuan Province and Chongqing. Ba Shu also means “land of abundance.”
Jiu Jiu and Yuan Yuan
Jiu means “longevity” or “long time.” Yuan means “far distance” or “far away.” Together, they mean “longevity and permanence.”
Lun Jia and Jia Lun
The first Jia means “addition.” The second Jia means “good,” “fine” or “praise.” Lun references daughters of Lun Lun.
Lun Li and Lun Yu
Lun Li means “ethic” or “ethics.” Lun Yu is Confucian Analects, a collection of the sayings of Confucius and one of the pillars of Chinese culture, widely read across centuries.
Ya Lun and Xi Lun
Ya means “elegant;” Xi means “happy;” “Lun” references daughters of Lun Lun – “Lun Lun’s elegant and happy daughters”
Ya Lun and Xin Lun
Similar to Ya Lun and Xi Lun, with Xin meaning “fragrant.”
Yang Hai and Yang Gui
Yang is a reference to Yang Yang and means “ocean.” Hai means “sea.” Gui has many meanings, including “laurel.”
Why 100 days?
The 100 Day Celebration follows an ancient Chinese tradition that holds that when a child reaches the 100th day of life, he or she has survived the fragility of infancy and may be considered on track for a successful future. All of the giant panda cubs born at Zoo Atlanta have been named according to this tradition.