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Panda Updates – Friday, July 8

One of the giant pandas’ most interesting features is the pseudothumb. This extension of the wrist bone acts almost like...
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Panda Updates- Wednesday, May 18

It’s gotten warmer in Atlanta, which means we will be using the outdoor habitats less and less. The giant pandas have thick...
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Panda Updates- Wednesday, March 2

Did you know that we can tell a lot about an animal based on its poop? We can decipher different aspects of...
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PANDA UPDATES – MONDAY, NOVEMBER 8

As animal care professionals, it’s our job to make sure the animals we care for are in good health. One of the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 5

If you’ve visited Zoo Atlanta or watched PandaCam, you’ve likely noticed that the Zoo’s giant panda habitats have several structures...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 27

For today’s panda update, I thought I’d share a little bamboo ASMR. You may have seen us post about leafeater...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 8

I have recently been working with the giant pandas on blood draw training. All four of the giant pandas at...
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Wild Encounter: Giant Panda

Meet and feed one of Zoo Atlanta’s world-famous black-and-white bears during an exclusive behind-the-scenes encounter!
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Happy 5th birthday, Ya Lun and Xi Lun!

Giant panda twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun turned 5 on September 3, 2021. The Panda Care Team celebrated early...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 13

Swing Keeper Adrianna came over to pandas recently and decided to enrich the bears by hanging up their tire swing!...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 30

The Fourth of July ice cakes the giant pandas received earlier this month have inspired us to start scheming early...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 21

Hey everyone! If you haven’t seen yet, this week is National Zookeepers Week! I know all of us animal care...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 2

Hey everyone! The news around here at pandas is that we are trying out a new/old bamboo species! While there...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 30

Did you know different pandas have different sleep schedules? Yang Yang enjoys sleeping in during the summer months. He has...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 7

As we recently shared, bamboo shoot season was over for the year last week. It’s never long enough! Sigh. We...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 28

We’ve talked before about how Xi Lun and Ya Lun are growing older and more independent. They are four and...
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Panda Wild Encounters return; Toucan & Friends debuts

One of Zoo Atlanta’s most popular in-person behind-the-scenes experiences is back and modified for safety with the return of Giant...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 19

Although they are solitary animals, giant pandas do have a few vocalizations that they use to communicate with one another,...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 12

One of the giant pandas’ most notable characteristics is their black-and-white coloration. This rare coloring is thought to serve two...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 22

Hello! My name is Trish, and this is my first post as the newest member of the Panda Care Team...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 19

So, it has been a few months since the last time I have been in the giant panda building, and I...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 8

A playful panda sure can muddy the water! Spring is hopefully just around the corner. This means that on nice...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 5

Now that spring is just around the corner, we are so glad to be enjoying this warmer weather! It does,...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 15

Since I started training here in the giant panda area, we have been talking and preparing for our Virtual Giant...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 3

Today’s panda update is taking you behind the scenes of our behind-the-scenes tours!    The Giant Panda Care Team has...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 1

Hi everyone! My name is Megan, and I am one of the new primary keepers on the Panda Care Team....
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 27

Every morning, the Panda Care Team checks on all of the giant pandas, as well as Jackie the red panda....
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Panda updates – Monday, January 25

Lately it has been pretty funny to see what Ya Lun and Xi Lun do when we shift them into...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 22

We talk a lot about the giant pandas “culming” bamboo, but what does that actually mean? Well, technically, nothing! “Culming”...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 20

I know when I first started working with the giant pandas, bamboo was simply bamboo, and it all looked yummy...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 15

Red pandas are arboreal, meaning they spend most of their time in trees. They are perfectly adapted for life in...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 13

The giant pandas amaze me all the time, but one of the aspects I am most incredulous (and jealous) of...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 6

Yang Yang had a very playful day recently! We have some tough canvas strips that we use to play tug-of-war...
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Panda Updates – Monday, January 4

When I first walked up to Jackie’s habitat to start cleaning the other morning, he was resting in one of...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 30

Hopefully everyone has had a terrific holiday season thus far. I know I and the pandas have! I was fortunate...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 16

If anyone has a sibling, they know how much they love them, but oh can they get on your nerves!...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 14

The other morning Adrianna and I set up one outdoor habitat for Ya Lun and Xi Lun and the other...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 7

Hi everyone! My name is Adrianna, and I am somewhat new around here. Way back when, in 2015, I was...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 4

It was terribly cold earlier this week in Atlanta! For many animal care teams, this means preparing heat lamps and...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 2

With the holiday season here, and the end of the year approaching, I’ve been reflecting on this past year. For...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 23

Lately I’ve been writing about panda-related research: why giant pandas may have their particular black-and-white patterning and how their eye...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 13

Last week, I wrote an update about how research has shown that giant pandas have the ability to distinguish between...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 2

Happy Monday, everyone! It is with bittersweet feelings that I share today is my last panda update, and I’m headed...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 28

With the cooler fall weather, we have been able to give the giant pandas their outdoor habitats for longer periods...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 26

The giant panda care routine consists of one person in the morning for roughly half an hour before the second...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 21

Over the past three years as a member of the Giant Panda Care Team, I’ve really gotten to know the...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 19

Yesterday was a quiet and relaxing day in PandaLand. Danica and I set up one outdoor habitat for Lun Lun,...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 16

Last week our Horticulture Team worked in the pandas’ behind-the-scenes habitat to get it panda-ready for the season. Lun Lun...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 14

With Lun Lun being at the end of her pseudopregnancy, the Panda Care Team is observing a few signs of...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 7

Animals, just like humans, have changes in priorities and preferences as they age. As animal care professionals, it is our...
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Panda updates – Monday, October 5

The other day was a treat for me as it was my first time back on panda routine since before...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 2

If you have visited Zoo Atlanta in the morning recently, you may have caught a glimpse of Lun Lun out...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 23

As mentioned in previous updates, cooler weather means the giant pandas get to spend time in the outdoor habitats. This...
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Panda updates – Monday, September 21

With the cooler weather we have been able to give the giant pandas more frequent access to their outdoor habitats....
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Panda Updates – Monday, September 14

The Panda Care Team is in constant communication with our Bamboo Team providing them with information such as what species...
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Panda updates – Wednesday, September 9

This morning when I came in to work, all of the giant pandas were asleep except for Lun Lun. As...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 4

When Lun Lun is experiencing a pseudopregnancy (as a reminder, a pseudopregnancy is not an actual pregnancy but is a...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 2

Giant pandas are cute; we know that for a fact. However, after establishing the high level of cuteness present, the...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 31

Birthday season is in full swing here in PandaLand! We celebrated Lun Lun’s 23rd birthday last week with some fun...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 28

During the summer, the giant pandas spend time in our climate-controlled dayrooms and behind-the-scenes den spaces, but recently we had...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 24

Although Lun Lun is 22 (turning 23 tomorrow!) and is no longer breeding, female giant pandas can still undergo something...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 21

The training we do at Zoo Atlanta is all based around the animals having the opportunity and choice to participate...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 17

No matter how many times I watch Lun Lun eat bamboo, I’m always impressed by her focus, skill, strength, and...
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Panda updates – Tuesday, August 11

In today’s update I thought I’d share with you an overview of what a typical day looks like as a...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 5

I’m sure I’m not alone when I say that life has been crazy this year. While we are all adjusting...
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Panda updates – Monday, August 3

Here you’ll see Ya Lun sitting in a special training space. This structure is very helpful because it is mobile,...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 29

The pandas were able to try a new scent recently: smoked paprika. As it turns out, they love it! The...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 27

Hello Panda Fans! I know I recently shared an update about Yang and how playful he’s been, but I figured...
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Panda updates – Wednesday, July 22

It’s National Zoo Keeper Week! As you have probably seen on Zoo Atlanta social media recently, this week is about...
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Panda updates – Monday, July 20

Giant pandas are the masters of falling off of things. When I first started taking care of the pandas, I...
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Panda updates – Friday, July 17

Friday, July 17 As Michelle E. mentioned the other day, the panda office contains monitors that allow us to view...
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Panda updates – Wednesday, July 15

So many of you tune in to our PandaCam daily, but did you know that we do too? Our office...
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Panda updates – Monday, July 13

As you probably recall reading from past panda updates, when Yang Yang is feeling playful, the Panda Care Team can...
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Panda updates – Friday, July 10

On Tuesday, I was able to work in the giant panda building for the first time since March, and it...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 8

Giant pandas have a powerful jaw structure that helps them break the tough exterior of bamboo. Their jaw muscles are...
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Panda updates – Monday, July 6

It’s a special day for the Panda Care Team because Po’s twins are 1 today! If you’re new to the...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 29

Giant pandas and red pandas are not closely related, with their most common ancestor living over 40 million years ago....
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 26

In my 14-plus years as a member of the Panda Care Team at Zoo Atlanta, I have never worked a...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 17

During this time, the Carnivore Team has changed up the way we do a few things to ensure the safety...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 15

With the warmer weather, we almost always have one (or two if it’s the twins) giant pandas behind the scenes...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 10

Now that bamboo shoot season is done, it is time for the next type of bamboo. We just started offering...
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 5

All is well in PandaLand. Just as Danica and Heather mentioned in recent updates, over the past month, all of...
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Panda Updates -Monday, June 1

Giant pandas have super thick fur, so they are not very heat tolerant and don’t usually want to be outside...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 29

Bamboo shoot season is definitely the pandas’ and the Panda Care Team’s favorite time of year! We’ve been offering the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 22

Giant pandas have very few natural predators. As adults, they are very strong, and with a jaw pressure high enough...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 29

It’s the giant pandas’ and Panda Care Team’s favorite time of year: bamboo shoot season! Bamboo shoots are popping up...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 17

This week, Ambassador Animals Team members Megan and Wendy brought some new friends to visit the pandas! Olaf and Sven...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 15

Earlier this week, we posted some tips on telling the giant panda twins apart on PandaCam. As a follow-up to...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 13

Today, we wanted to tell you some of the ways to tell Ya Lun and Xi Lun apart when you’re...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 25

During this temporary period when the Zoo is closed, between extra projects, cleaning and training, we are still making sure...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 18

All Animal Care Teams are here at Zoo Atlanta caring for all of the animals even though the Zoo is...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 9

The Panda Care Team sometimes gets asked how to tell Ya Lun and Xi Lun apart from each other. They...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 4

With each enrichment activity or item offered, the Panda Care Team has a specific goal in mind. Certain enrichment might...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 26

We have been seeing a lot of breeding season-related behaviors from Yang Yang recently. This is typical for this time...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 24

Today was a rainy day here at the Zoo. The giant pandas don’t particularly like being out in the rain,...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 19

We had a little bit of maintenance work going on in the giant panda building yesterday. It wasn’t very noisy,...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 10

Things have been pretty quiet in the giant panda building lately. We are still offering rivercane bamboo (the long and...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 5

Providing enrichment is an important part of the daily care for all of the animals here at the Zoo because...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 29

The twins had a big adventure this week! Xi Lun finally convinced Ya Lun to join her in the behind-the-scenes...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 15

It has been a rainy week in Atlanta! Thankfully, the giant pandas have been staying nice and dry in the...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 30

Ninety-nine percent of the giant panda’s diet consists of bamboo. Here at the Zoo, we also supplement their diet with...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 27 

The giant panda routine changes a lot as the weather gets colder, but my favorite change is that we get...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 23

One of my favorite things about being a member of the Panda Care Team is seeing the different relationships that...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 18

Giant pandas, along with several other animals here at the Zoo, are a solitary species. This means that they don’t...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 16

Yesterday was a great example of how well the primary keepers on the Panda Care Team know the animals they...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 13

The Panda Care Team gets a weight on Idgie the red panda weekly. Accomplishing this task requires Idgie to get...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 11

When giant pandas are kicked back eating, they can often be found sitting on their rears, with their front paws...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 6

The Panda Care Team checks on each of the giant pandas, as well as Idgie the red panda, multiple times...
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Panda Updates – December 4, 2019

This week we introduced Ya Lun and Xi Lun to the behind-the-scenes habitat. Much to our surprise, Xi Lun walked...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 2

I hope that everyone was able to enjoy a nice holiday this past week surrounded by the things and people...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 25

Utilizing our behind-the-scenes outdoor habitat is one of my favorite aspects of being on the Panda Care Team. This habitat...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 22

Recently, I’ve been working on updating one of the structures in the outdoor giant panda habitats. The existing logs had...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 20

Here at Zoo Atlanta we have two climate-controlled dayrooms and two outdoor habitats that are visible to our guests. In...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 18

We occasionally offer browse items (plants approved by our Veterinary and Horticulture Teams) to the giant pandas as a form...
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Panda Update – Friday, November 15

We always like to try and have Xi Lun and Ya Lun out in one of our climate-controlled dayrooms during...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 13

If you live in the United States, you are likely all too aware that we are going through a cold...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 11

Giant pandas were once found throughout a wide range of southern and eastern China, as well as some parts of...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 8

A lot of our updates focus on the twins and their milestones, or Yang Yang and his cub-like behavior despite...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 6

If you live in Atlanta, you know we have had a marked change in the weather in recent days, much...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 1

As you might recall from previous panda updates, the Panda Care Team weighs the giant pandas twice a day.  We...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 28

Once they reached sub-adulthood, Ya Lun and Xi Lun got much more playful. After they have had their fill of...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 25

Xi Lun and Ya Lun spent all of yesterday out in one of the outdoor habitats. Keeper Danica and I...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 21

Giant pandas are solitary animals, which means they actually prefer to be by themselves. While it might be hard for...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 18

Giant pandas have a wide variety of vocalizations, and the one that the Panda Care Team hears the most is...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 16

Just a quick update from PandaLand today! As you all know, we are always on the lookout for ways to...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 14

A lot of people ask us what it’s like being an animal care professional, and specifically what it’s like caring...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 11

One thing I’ve gotten a lot more experience with since I started in the Panda Care Team a few months...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 7

Fall is finally here, and for the Panda Care Team, that means the giant pandas can spend some time in their...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 2

We’re back with more from our series on myths and misconceptions about giant pandas! Pandas are sometimes referred to as...
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Panda Updates – Monday, September 30

A huge benefit of being a zoo accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) is that we can...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 27

Time for more in our series on myths and misconceptions about giant pandas! For various reasons, pandas are sometimes jokingly...
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Panda Updates – Monday, September 22 

As we continue in our series on myths about giant pandas, what about the statement “Zoo pandas are lazy?” This...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 20

There are a lot of misconceptions about giant pandas out in the world. As giant panda care specialists, we hear...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 18

For our next few panda updates, we thought it would be interesting to share some common misconceptions of giant pandas....
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 13

Bamboo is the fastest growing plant on Earth. It grows so quickly that in some instances you can see it...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 11

Birthday season is officially over in the panda building, and that means a few things around here! The summer is...
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Panda Updates – Monday, September 9

Based on the latest data sourced from the IUCN Red List, the giant panda population is estimated to be around...
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Panda Updates – Tuesday, September 3

Hey everyone! A lot has been going on in PandaLand recently, as the giant pandas birthdays are all happening around...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 30

Like other bears, giant pandas, whether they live in the wild or in human care, have seasonal behavioral and physiological...
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August and September bring birthdays for pandas

The months of August and September mean birthday time for all four of the giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta. Adult...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 26

Recently, one of our very generous donors gifted the giant pandas with a new enrichment item from our Wish List!...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 19

Being able to adapt to a change in routine and come up with a new plan is key when working...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 14

Even when a female giant panda is not pregnant, she may still exhibit behaviors or undergo physiological changes as if...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 7

We get a weight on each of the giant pandas twice a day (They are both currently about 60 kg)....
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 5

Giant pandas are selective about their bamboo, but it is for a good reason. They have adapted to eat bamboo...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 31

As you might remember from my recent panda update, I’m new to the Panda Care Team, which means I’m making...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 22

My name is Amanda, and I recently joined the Panda Care Team here at Zoo Atlanta! I started as a...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 19

All animals’ physical and behavioral traits adjust to make them best suited to their native environments. Animals who live in...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 17

We’ve officially headed into the heat and humidity of middle summer in Atlanta. This means that animal care teams all...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 8

Utilizing positive reinforcement training for veterinary behaviors is a huge part of how we are able to provide amazing care...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 5

Monday was a true example of how our days run on the giant pandas’ schedule! Sunday night, they had access...
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 21

We often get asked why giant pandas sit the way they do when they eat. When the pandas are kicked...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 17

It’s crazy to think that in a few short months Ya Lun and Xi Lun will be 3 years old....
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 14

It is important that the animals here at Zoo Atlanta have positive relationships with all members of their care teams....
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 12

Hi everyone! It’s been a while since my last update, and in wracking my brain on what comings and goings...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 10

The well-being of all the animals at Zoo Atlanta is our top priority. In our continuing efforts to make Idgie...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 29

Just as quickly as shoot season arrived, it is officially over. Bamboo shoots are seasonal, arriving in the spring/early summer,...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 22

Hanging the extra hammock in one of the behind-the-scenes dens has been a huge hit with the adult giant pandas....
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 20

We recently tried some new enrichment in our behind-the-scenes area for the giant pandas. One of the most challenging and...
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 13

Giant pandas have been around for thousands of years. Some of the biggest threats that giant pandas face today, such...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 8

One thing you all might have noticed from your visits to Zoo Atlanta or the pictures we have shared is...
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 6

Things have been pretty quiet with the giant pandas lately (bamboo shoots mean full, sleepy pandas and extra project time...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 3

*Sings* It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Nope, not the holidays! Bamboo shoot season! We’ve mentioned it a...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 1

As a Swing Keeper, my job is to go where I’m needed in the Mammal Team. Things have been so...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 29

Like Shauna mentioned in the last update, bamboo shoot season is upon us! We all (humans and giant pandas alike)...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 24

Shoots! We have finally begun to harvest bamboo shoots in large enough quantities that we can replace a significant portion...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 19

Despite being the same age, Ya Lun and Xi Lun have always differed slightly in their priorities. They are both...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 15

It’s been a little while since I’ve had the chance to train with Ya Lun and Xi Lun. While I...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 8

Spring has officially sprung in Atlanta, which I’m sure everyone has noticed with all the pollen around. Spring is an...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 5

Just like humans, giant pandas can develop tastes for new things over time. Just because one giant panda loves something...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 1

Since I’m still fairly new to the giant panda team, I am still constantly having new experiences with seasonal panda behavior....
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Spring Break Tips and Must-Dos at the Zoo

Spring Break 2019 coincides with a milestone anniversary. Spring Break Week kicks off just days after a milestone anniversary for...
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Panda Update – Wednesday, March 27

The twins have hit another weight plateau, which means they aren’t quite as ravenous as sub-adults usually are. These plateaus...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 25

Ever wonder why giant pandas eat sitting down, rather than on all four legs like most other bears do? Well,...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 22

If you have visited the panda habitats this week, you may have heard some interesting auditory enrichment. The giant panda...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 18

The sunshine was enjoyed by all of the giant pandas and panda care team this past weekend. It was nice...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 11

Despite their laid-back lifestyles and calm behavior, the giant pandas remind us each and every day that they are indeed...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 1

We have seen a big increase in culming activity from all of the giant pandas recently. When we say “culming,”...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 25

Have you been watching Panda Cam recently? If so, you may have noticed the twins being very playful lately. Ya Lun and...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 15

Lun Lun loves this hammock structure in one of the outdoor habitats. She always looks so comfortable up there. Sometimes,...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 13

After working with the giant pandas for over eight years, it can sometimes be challenging to come up with creative...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 8

Hey there! I’m Kelly, and I’m a primary keeper on the meat-eating side of the Carnivore Team. That means I...
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Panda updates – Wednesday, January 30

Wet, icy, wintry weather recently threatened to strike Atlanta for the first time in 2019! Due to anticipation of inclement...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 23

Ya Lun and Xi Lun achieved a pretty big accomplishment last week: they participated in their first voluntary blood draws!...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 18

Many of you who have followed the giant pandas for a long time may remember that Lun Lun has always...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 16

I haven’t worked the giant panda routine for a few weeks, and it has been even longer since I had...
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Panda Updates – Monday, January 14

Giant pandas have some of the strongest jaws of all terrestrial carnivores. Their ability to crush through tough bamboo comes...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 11

Sometimes we take an opportunity to give the twins a chance to hang out in their behind-the-scenes areas as a...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 4

It’s hard to believe 2018 is already over. The past year has been exciting for the Panda Team, as we...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 2

Yang Yang has a signature move that lets us know he feels playful: he bites his paw and shakes his...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 19

Due to the rainy weather recently, we weren’t able to use our outdoor habitats. When this happens we have one...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 17

As Heather mentioned previously, the twins are little bamboo-eating machines! Some of my favorite aspects of my job are the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 14

In a previous post, we mentioned Xi Lun’s distaste for sugarcane. We joke in the giant panda building that sugarcane...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 10

Ya Lun and Xi Lun are little bamboo-eating machines! We are currently training them the “bamboo” cue, and they are...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 5

Having worked with Lun Lun for eight years now, I’ve never actually known her to not be either going through...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 3

Recently, we completed our leafeater biscuit transition, and all of the giant pandas have adjusted well. Yang Yang was the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 30

In the giant panda building, the animal care team works a staggered schedule. So, one keeper is usually here for...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 21

Ya Lun and Xi Lun have hit a major milestone in their training! We have been working with them closely...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 12

Since I just learned the giant panda care routine this summer, winter is a whole new ballgame! Now that the...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 7

One of the most heart-melting aspects of working with the giant pandas is having the ability to come to work...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 5

Introducing new items in the giant pandas’ diets can be quite a challenge. They are creatures of habit, and would...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 2

Some people (and animals) like warm temperatures. Other people, like myself (and other animals) like cooler weather. With their dense...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 29

As the cubs have grown, it has been fun to watch their personalities develop, as well as some of the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 26

Remember when Ya Lun and Xi Lun were just beginning to eat bamboo? It’s hard to believe that was only...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 17

Hello from PandaLand! It’s been what feels like an eternity since I last worked with the giant pandas, and what...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 15

As mentioned in previous updates, we are nearing the end of Lun Lun’s pseudopregnancy, and the recent cool weather has...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 12

Taking care of the basic needs of a giant panda is like riding a bike; it comes back to you...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 10

Throughout the year, giant pandas go through fairly large fluctuations in weight. Yang Yang, for example, can go from about...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 5

Wild giant pandas typically eat bamboo leaves from April through October when the leaves are fresh and tender. However, our...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 3

As many of you who have followed the giant pandas for a number of years know, female giant pandas can...
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Panda Update – Wednesday, September 26

Enrichment is something we offer to all of the animals at Zoo Atlanta, and we often prepare enrichment that caters...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 12

This past Sunday, we celebrated the last, but certainly not the least, of our giant panda birthdays for the year....
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 7

Just because you don’t see him, her or them doesn’t mean that the giant panda who spends the day behind...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 5

The weather is (sort of) starting to cool off, and we have been able to give the giant pandas access...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 31

Giant panda twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun, who turn 2 on September 3, were honored at two early-birthday celebrations...
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It’s giant panda birthday season!

August and September are birthday months for all four of the giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta. Adult female Lun Lun...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 29

On August 25, we celebrated the birthday of a very special member of our Zoo Atlanta family. Lun Lun turned...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 22

There has been an update in the ongoing sweet potato saga! I don’t know if everyone else cares about this...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 15

Since Xi Lun has (finally) decided that apple and sweet potato are (possibly) yummy, we have been weighing the twins...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 10

Summer is a time when giant pandas sleep more and eat less. Male giant pandas take the summer to rest...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 6

We’ve been using Xi Lun’s dislike of sweet potatoes and apples to our advantage the last several months. When weighing...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 3

Hi! I’m Michelle, and as of today I am the newest member of the giant panda care team at Zoo...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 1

I haven’t been in Panda Land for quite a while, and it was great to be back and see the...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 30

A new milestone the twins reached was a week or so ago. We started getting their p.m. weights! We weigh...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 27

I just got back from a week-long vacation, so I wanted to see if Xi Lun would remember any of...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 25

As I only work in this area every once in a while, I saw how the skilled giant panda care...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 20

Bamboo is the giant panda’s primary food, but they don’t just eat any old bamboo. Pandas are very selective about...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 16

Many of you may have noticed there is a white barrel in the place of the hammock in one of...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 13

Have you ever eaten something so delicious that you had to lick any remnants from your fingers? Well, giant pandas...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 11

With the summer in full swing, the giant pandas’ behaviors are starting to change. Generally during the summer they tend...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 9

We really aren’t joking when we say Ya Lun and Xi Lun are becoming quite the bamboo-eating machines! Much like...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 6

Friday, July 6 Where’s Idgie? If you’ve visited the Zoo in the last week or so, you’ve probably noticed that...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 2

Ya Lun and Xi Lun recently had a new food item added to their daily diets. In addition to the...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 27

Hello from PandaLand! It’s been awhile since I have worked more than a day here and there on giant panda...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 25

The other day for enrichment we decided to give the giant pandas cinnamon. When the pandas receive sensory enrichment such...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 20

We celebrated all of the Zoo’s animal fathers here on Father’s Day this past Sunday. Yang Yang received all sorts...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 18

As expected, the giant pandas accepted that bamboo shoot season was over and settled down and became satisfied with “regular...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 13

Well, it’s official. Bamboo shoot season is over. With the end of shoot season comes the transition back to adult...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 11

One of the giant pandas’ favorite non-food enrichment items are various scents. We have tried many smelly substances over the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 8

Bamboo shoot season is coming to a close, and I’m glad I was scheduled in the giant panda area once...
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Panda Update – Friday, June 1

One of my favorite things about giant pandas is the fact that the more uncomfortable they look, the more comfortable...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 25

All is pretty status quo with the giant pandas. We are still feeding them exclusively bamboo shoots, which makes for...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 23

When it comes to bamboo shoots, the twins are 100 percent their mother’s daughters! These two have bottomless pits for...
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 21

Hello from Panda Land! While I got to spend some time with the giant pandas one day last week, it...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 18

Where did this heat come from? I thought it was still spring for a little longer, but Georgia seems to...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 11

Right now is the peak of bamboo shoot season. We are feeding Yang Yang, Lun Lun, Ya Lun and Xi...
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Panda Update – Wednesday, May 9

Ya Lun and Xi Lun took a long time to become comfortable with being outside when they were still with...
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Panda Update – Monday, May 7

I know we just had a giant panda update about Yang Yang, but with how playful he has been recently,...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 4

Ya Lun, Xi Lun and Lun Lun have moved to the next step since Ya Lun and Xi Lun were...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 2

Ever since I changed job titles and moved out of the animal areas and into the Administration Building, I don’t...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 30

Have you ever wondered why it sometimes takes the giant pandas a little longer than usual before they are out...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 27

Recently, we changed and added a few new logs to the hammock dayroom’s structure. We are constantly trying to change...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 25

Before all the recent stormy weather rolled in, we had some great, warm days here at Zoo Atlanta. It was...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 20

One of the giant pandas’ favorite enrichment items is a 50-gallon drum that we have cut in half length-wise. All...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 18

The giant panda hammock is back! Remember that hammock that was purchased a while back? It didn’t last too long...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 16

Since it’s now been more than a month since the twins were weaned, we have started testing the waters with...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 13

Lun Lun got to spend some time in our behind-the-scenes habitat recently. As previously mentioned, that habitat has several species...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 9

With the recent warm weather, all of the beautiful plants on Zoo grounds are starting to grow and flower. This...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 6

Ya Lun and Xi Lun are bamboo-eating machines just like their mother! Whenever we clean up after their meals, we...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 2

Since Ya Lun and Xi Lun have adjusted so well to their new routine, we’ve decided they are ready for...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 30

If you tuned into PandaCam on Thursday morning, you would have seen Ya Lun and Xi Lun in one of...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 28

Many people often wonder how giant pandas are able to survive in dense bamboo forests while also being black-and-white. After...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 26

This is the first day I’ve been back in Panda Land in a while, and I was super excited to...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 23

Those of you who have been following Zoo Atlanta’s giant pandas for a while may remember that our first set...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 21

Things have been status-quo in PandaLand for the last few days, which makes things rather uneventful (which is good!). That...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 19

We are well into arrow bamboo (Pseudosasa japonica) season. This is usually one of the favorite times of the year...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 14

As Jen mentioned on Monday, we have been preparing the special behind-the-scenes third outdoor habitat for the adult giant pandas...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 12

Everyone is settling into the new routine in PandaLand – giant panda care team and pandas alike. We have routinely...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 9

The cubs have been fully weaned from Lun Lun for four days now. As mentioned in previous posts, things are...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 7

The weaning process for Ya Lun and Xi Lun is now complete, and the girls are now living independently from...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 5

The weaning process is almost complete, and everything has gone how we expected. Unless they want to nurse, the cubs...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 2

Today was my first day back with the giant pandas after a week-long vacation. I got a few updates from...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 28

The cubs are doing really well in day 10 of the weaning process. They are now staying separated from Lun...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 26

It’s been awhile since I spent time in the giant panda building, and the biggest change is how big the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 23

Lun Lun, Ya Lun, and Xi Lun are continuing to do well during their time apart this week. The girls...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 21

Over the past month or so, we have seen Lun Lun choose to spend much less time with the cubs...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 16

Yesterday, the giant pandas’ indoor dayrooms got a makeover: We spent all day re-mulching the floors. Re-mulching is labor-intensive and...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 14

Everyone knows that our resident male, Yang Yang, is a class-A clown and eternal cub-at-heart. While Lun Lun is more...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 12

The cubs have both exceeded the 90-pound mark. Ya Lun is still the heavier of the two at around 43...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 9

I recently wrote about Ya Lun finding her preferred sleeping spot in the outdoor habitat, but Xi Lun hadn’t quite...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 7

Today was a wet, soggy day in Atlanta. Giant pandas don’t mind a light drizzle, and if it becomes too...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 5

If you follow PandaCam, you may have noticed a new addition to Dayroom 1. Last week, thanks to a very...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 2

Three little (big) peas in a pod! I captured a cute moment the other morning while the ladies were inside...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 31

Many of you may know that in 2016, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) downgraded the giant panda’s...
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Panda Updates – Monday, January 29

We know giant panda breeding season is coming when Yang Yang begins patrolling his habitat. Males tend to exhibit what...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 26

As mentioned in previous posts, the cubs’ personalities have started to shine through as they have gotten older. They are...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 24

Ya Lun still loves her sweet potato. Xi Lun, not so much. We also started offering half a banana to...
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Panda Updates – Monday, January 22

If you saw the update last week about the giant panda cubs enjoying the snow, I’m sure you were wondering...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 12

After being out of town for about a week, I returned to the Zoo and Ya Lun and Xi Lun...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 10

With the recent cold snap, we have been able to offer the pandas river cane bamboo (Arundinaria gigantea). River cane...
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Panda Updates – Monday, January 8

We have an update on the sweet potato saga! Ya Lun now likes sweet potato! Both cubs have been offered...
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Panda Updates – Friday, January 5

The cubs are becoming little eating machines. Just a few months ago, when we would refresh Lun Lun’s bamboo (which...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, January 3

Brrrr! Who turned up the air conditioner in Atlanta this week? It’s about as cold here as it was in...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 27

As part of the giant pandas’ animal care team, we are lucky to get to know the pandas on individual...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 22

Ya Lun and Xi Lun have taken quite a while to adjust to the outdoor habitat. They enjoy eating out...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 20

The animals here celebrated the holidays this past weekend with some extra-special enrichment. The adult giant pandas know what happens...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 15

I know we have all been talking about the cubs eating bamboo quite a bit lately, but it’s really the...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 13

The cubs are acting more and more like adult giant pandas each day. They’re eating bamboo more frequently, interacting with...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 11

Hi panda fans! My name is Erin, and while I am new to the giant panda area, I have been...
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 8

Ya Lun and Xi Lun have turned into little bamboo-eating machines! As mentioned in previous updates, it’s really fun to...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, December 6

If you watch PandaCam, you might have noticed that lately we have been giving Lun Lun and the cubs access...
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Panda Updates – Monday, December 4

Ya Lun and Xi Lun are eating more bamboo each day. Watching cubs grow up never gets old for me....
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Panda Updates – Friday, December 1

One of our daily goals as animal care professionals is to provide enrichment for the animals. Enrichment is meant to...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 29

Many of you have been wondering if we have started training the cubs yet. Well, we aren’t asking for some...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 27

Danica and I spent Thanksgiving with the giant pandas this year! It’s just a normal day for us and the...
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Panda updates – Monday, November 20

We’ve mentioned many times in the past how the leafeater biscuits we offer the giant pandas get stuck in their...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 15

Many of you know that we don’t share spaces with our adult giant pandas, but we still frequently get questions...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 13

Giant pandas sleep in the most ridiculous positions — whether it is on their backs with one paw extended, or...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 11

The last few days we have seen consistent consumption of bamboo from both Xi Lun and Ya Lun. Previously they...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 8

Due to previous scheduling issues, this is my third attempt at getting cleared to work the giant panda routine. This...
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Panda Updates – Monday, November 6

Occasionally, the pandas receive approved browse that we cut on grounds and give to them as enrichment. Most of the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, November 3

Ya Lun and Xi Lun are eating more bamboo each day. Watching cubs grow up never gets old for me....
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, November 1

It is no secret that the cubs are growing like weeds. As they get bigger and more independent, we are...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 30

The pandas had a spooky, fun Halloween last weekend. The cubs conquered several ghosts that were covered with vanilla extract...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 25

A lot of our panda fans have been asking why we are trying so hard to introduce sweet potato to...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 23

The cubs are beginning to consume some bamboo. While they still don’t quite have the jaw strength to break the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 20

The giant pandas spending more time in their outdoor habitats presents many more opportunities than just the pandas getting to...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 18

Cooler weather means more outside time for the giant pandas! Going outside almost daily this past week has resulted in...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 16

We are all excited about the autumn weather finally arriving to Atlanta. Well, almost arriving. It’s not 80 degrees anymore!...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 13

I think we’re going to have to pull out some of the tricks we have up our sleeves to entice...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 9

I think it’s safe to say that giant pandas are very much creatures of habit. This is why it is...
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Panda Updates – Friday, October 6

Most of the animals in our care are trained for a number of behaviors depending on needs of the animal....
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, October 4

The rate at which Ya Lun and Xi Lun grow and develop is so fun to watch. It seems like...
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Panda Updates – Monday, October 2

The (slightly) cooler weather for the next few days means the giant pandas are able to spend more time in...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 29

As the cubs become more and more interested in biscuits, they also become more motivated to search for biscuits. Usually...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 27

There is a good chance that when you visit the giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta, or tune into PandaCam online,...
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Panda Updates – Monday, September 25

In the mornings when we arrive for the day, we turn on our camera monitors to see what the pandas...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 22

If you’ve been following our panda family for a number of years, you may remember that at least one of...
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Panda Updates – Monday, September 18

It’s been a while since we talked about the girls’ personalities, so I wanted to share a few quirks that...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 15

Some of you may have seen the adorable photo of Yang Yang playing with bubbles last week. This week, we...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 13

We know everyone was curious about all the animals here during the weather we got with Tropical Storm Irma. We...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 9

The pandas received a bubble machine as a present for the cubs’ birthday. Since Yang Yang was outside the other...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, September 6

Sunday was the twins’ first birthday! The year has flown by! The girls celebrated their birthday just as their older...
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Panda Updates – Friday, September 1

This time last year we were (impatiently) waiting for Lun Lun to give birth. The nursery had been ready for...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 30

It has been months since I last got to take care of these bears, and my oh my, how much...
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Ya Lun and Xi Lun are turning 1!

Ya Lun’s and Xi Lun’s big day will be the highlight of a black-and-white holiday weekend. Ya Lun and Xi...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 28

The pandas and humans alike are happily welcoming the slightly cooler weather in Atlanta. With the temperatures in the 60s...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 25

Happy 20th birthday, Lun Lun! We hope everyone was able to tune in to see our favorite mama bear enjoying...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 23

If you watch our PandaCam, you may have noticed recently that during the day, both cubs like to nap on...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 21

Due to his increased play behaviors and soliciting attention from keepers, we have been housing Yang Yang in Dens One...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 18

This is the first time I have been around for a panda birthday, and it’s super fun that all four...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 16

Ya Lun and Xi Lun have been interested in and playing with bamboo for several months now. However, just in...
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Panda Updates – Monday, August 14

Now that the cubs are older and have been eating leafeater biscuits more reliably and more quickly, we can start...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 11

It’s almost party time in PandaLand! This time of year, there are a lot of exciting things happening for the...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 9

If you were watching PandaCam last week, you may have noticed that the hammock was missing from the dayroom. While...
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Panda Updates – Friday, August 4

It’s been awhile since my last shift in PandaLand, and I’m amazed at how much the girls have grown, both...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, August 2

I know we’ve talked a lot about how playful Yang Yang’s been …but his antics have been cracking all of...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 31

Yang Yang isn’t the only one in a playful mood the past few days! He has, however, caused early retirement...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 28

As we’ve mentioned in previous posts, one of the most fun parts of watching the twins grow up is observing...
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Panda Update – Monday, July 24

In less than two months, the cubs will be turning a year old! This means the twins will soon be...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 17

Now that the girls are consuming more leafeater biscuits and consuming more milk (Mom’s and supplemental), there is quite a...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 14

Today was an extra-fun enrichment day here in PandaLand! As the twins get older, they are showing more interest in...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 12

Everything is going great as usual over here in the panda building. The cubs are growing like weeds every day....
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 10

The cubs are beginning to become little mini-destroyers. We noticed recently that they have taken to pulling the bark off...
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Panda Updates – Friday, July 7

I always look forward to my days in the giant panda area. Of course it’s because I get to be...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, July 5

Those of you who watch our PandaCam may have noticed we have recently started giving Lun Lun and the cubs...
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Panda Updates – Monday, July 3

Hello panda fans! My name is Erin, and I am a primary keeper on the meat-eating side of the Carnivore...
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 30

The cubs are working hard on their shifting skills. Some days are better than others, but progress is being made....
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 28

What can I say! These girls have grown so fast. It seems like yesterday, we were monitoring them 24/7 and...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 26

Since the last weight update, Ya Lun and Xi Lun have gained 5 pounds and 3 pounds, respectively. Ya Lun...
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 23

We offer the giant pandas two different types of leafeater biscuits. One is the original biscuit that Yang Yang and...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 21

If you watch PandaCam, you know that Ya Lun and Xi Lun can be quite rambunctious. When they aren’t napping,...
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 16

Since my last update, I have spent more time with Ya Lun and Xi Lun to both win over their...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 14

Many people ask us if Yang Yang ever interacts with the cubs. Yang Yang never shares a direct space with...
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Panda Updates – Monday, June 12

New enrichment! Or at least new to the cubs. We recently hung the “tire swing” in Dayroom Two for the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 9

As Shauna mentioned a couple of weeks ago, we are working on teaching the cubs to get onto the adult...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, June 7

Exciting things are happening in the world of giant pandas here at Zoo Atlanta. Well, exciting things for us anyway....
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Panda Updates – Friday, June 2

One of my favorite things is watching cub personalities blossom. The girls are still small enough that we can safely...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 31

I have been up in pandas since mid-April, and this past week I worked in Hoofstock for two days. It...
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Panda Updates – May 26

Yesterday, we fed out the last of the bamboo shoots for this season. The pandas and the keepers are totally...
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Catching up with Ya Lun and Xi Lun

New foods and new skills are among the latest milestones for the only twin giant pandas in the U.S. The...
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Panda updates – Wednesday, May 24

This is what I’m going to call the panda cold shoulder. Since I don’t work in the giant panda building...
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 22

The cubs are reaching a new milestone: shifting and getting on the adult scale on their own! We started with...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 19

Some of you may have thought recently, “My, Lun Lun’s looking a bit chunky.” Well, you’d be correct in that...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 17

If you follow our panda updates, then you have probably heard all about the twins’ increasing interest in leafeater biscuits....
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 15

Sunday we celebrated Mother’s Day at the Zoo, so all of our Zoo moms received special enrichment. Lun Lun received...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 12

We have been steadily offering and introducing the twins to leafeater biscuits and produce. They still take forever to eat...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 10

There are lots of things about giant pandas that amaze and amuse me, but one of the most chuckle-worthy is...
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 8

It was a beautiful and busy day in pandas this past Saturday. The weather was so fantastic we couldn’t wait...
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Panda Updates – Friday, May 5

When I arrive at the giant panda building, I always check our record book to see what the day was...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, May 3

Ya Lun (pictured) and Xi Lun have been quite busy with some overnights exploring the past few days! Recently, we...
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Panda Updates – Monday, May 1

Bamboo shoot season is upon us! Bamboo shoots are the young stalks of bamboo that pop up all over the...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 28

We keepers feel like Yang Yang does not get enough attention. Not from us, of course! We shower him with...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 26

Yesterday was my first day working in pandas in a long time. Many things around the building don’t change. The...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 21

Hi everybody! My name is Danica, and I am a Swing Keeper in the Mammal Department here at Zoo Atlanta....
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 21

At this point we’ve used the term “growing like a weed” at almost every update, but what is Ya Lun’s...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 19

It seems like it has been ages since I have worked with the youngsters, even though I did get some...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 14

As you watch the panda cubs either at the Zoo or on PandaCam, you may catch them chewing on bamboo...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, April 12

Like most of you, I sometimes watch the PandaCam while working at my desk. There just isn’t enough panda in...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 10

The girls have become very capable climbers, so much so that the playpen no longer contains them. We generally don’t...
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Panda Updates – Friday, April 7

As part of our enrichment program, we offer the pandas various scents. Some of their favorites are cinnamon, mint mouthwash,...
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Panda Update – Thursday, April 6

A quick special update since we know many of you were wondering about yesterday’s weather in stormy Atlanta! It is...
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Panda Updates – Monday, April 3

We know the cubs are getting comfortable with each new area when they are able to sleep in that area....
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Meet the Giant Panda Cub Twins

Meet the Giant Panda Cub Twins of Zoo Atlanta There are four zoos in the United States where you can...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 31

Mulch! If you’ve stopped by our panda viewing and checked out the dayrooms, you might have noticed that the rooms...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 29

After a busy couple of days exploring the new frontier of their outdoor habitats, Ya Lun and Xi Lun had...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 27

The cubs are hitting a new milestone: outside time! One important step for them spending time outside is that we...
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Giant Panda Twins Play Outside

Ya Lun and Xi Lun the giant panda twins play outside; The only giant panda twins in the U.S. get their...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 24

We keepers are very excited to have Arrow bamboo (sp. Pseudosasa japonica) for the adult pandas this week! Arrow is...
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Panda Update – Wednesday, March 22

Now that our two little girls have mastered the running thing, the climbing thing, and the exploring thing in their...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 20

As animals get older it is important to monitor their health with different criteria in mind. Heart health is especially...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 17

You may have noticed that Lun and her munchkins spent the morning in a behind-the-scenes den the other day and...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 15

Months ago in our nursery updates, you may remember us writing to you all about how we would sometimes do...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 13

The cubs are becoming expert climbers. They are still a bit awkward about it, but as soon as they go...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 10

I know I wrote about Xi Lun coming in last week on her own, but she is doing so well...
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Ya Lun and Xi Lun reach new milestone

Ya Lun and Xi Lun the Giant panda twins have reached a new milestone: all-day play in their dayroom habitat....
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 8

The cubs are growing like weeds! I have been on a mini vacation for the last five days and came...
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Panda Updates – Monday, March 6

Yesterday was my first day working with the pandas in three weeks. I get regular updates from the primary panda...
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Panda Updates – Friday, March 3

Throughout the day, we bring the pandas into the back so that we can clean up leftovers and give them...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, March 1

Even though the cubs are only just under 6 months old, and weigh around 9 kilograms (give or take, depending...
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Panda Updates – Monday, February 27

As Lun Lun and the cubs get more comfortable in the tepee dayroom, you will notice that they will be...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 24

This morning we gave Lun Lun, Ya Lun and Xi Lun access to the other dayroom. Lun Lun walked in...
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Panda Updates – Wednesday, February 22

The girls have become more and more comfortable hanging out in the dayroom. The proof is that they have found...
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Panda Update – Monday, Feb. 20

We gets lots of questions about the relationship between Yang Yang and the twins, but giant pandas are solitary by...
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Panda Updates – Friday, February 17

Some of you may have noticed recently that Ya Lun has a blue spot on her back at the bottom...
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Panda Update – Wednesday, Feb. 15

Trying to weigh squirmy cubs is rather difficult.  We offer the cubs supplemental formula three times a day, and weigh...
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Panda Update – Monday, February 13

You might have noticed that Lun and her little munchkins are in the dayroom for longer and longer periods each...
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Panda Update – Friday, February 10

It’s amazing how long it takes to prepare for a panda birth (months) vs. how long it takes to dismantle...
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Panda Update – Wednesday, February 8

My oh my … how much these cubs have grown! It has been about two weeks since I last worked...
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Panda Update – Monday, February 6

Whew! We had a big weekend in the panda building! On Saturday, Ya Lun decided to try her hand at...
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Panda Update – Friday, February 3

Happy 5-month birthday to Ya Lun and Xi Lun! The time has really flown by for the whole Panda Care...
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Panda Update – Wednesday, February 1

Today’s panda update is a topic we do have to talk about occasionally: Panda Poo! For the first three months...
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Panda Update – Mon. January 30

Our after-hours night shift in the panda nursery has officially come to an end. This is a great milestone for...
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Yang Yang

Yang Yang is playful and easygoing. Yang Yang remained with his mother for 13 months as part of a behavioral...
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Lun Lun

Lun Lun is an avid climber and enjoys sleeping on climbing structures. Born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant...
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Panda Update – Friday, January 6

Now that the cubs are more mobile, we are seeing some more personality differences come out. Ya Lun is bold...
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Panda Update – Wed. January 4 

Now that the cubs are able to walk a bit better, the next two tasks for them to tackle are...
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Panda Update – Monday, January 2

Happy New Year! It seems like just a week ago the cubs were barely walking around the dens…Oh wait! They...
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Panda Updates from 2016

Zoo Atlanta December 8, 2016  Giant panda twins’ names to be revealed at 100 Day Celebration on December 12 In...
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Giant Panda Conservation

Zoo Atlanta has contributed more than $10 million for the conservation of giant pandas in China, making this our most...
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Giant Panda Research

The primary objective of this study is to quantitatively document the giant panda mother-cub relationship.
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Giant Pandas Projects

The giant pandas at Zoo Atlanta are on loan from China. The Zoo pays an annual loan fee for the pandas,...
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100 Day Naming Celebration

The giant panda twins’ 100 Day Naming Celebration Monday, December 12, 2016 Be there when Cub A’s and Cub B’s...
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Panda Pagoda

SHOP ONLINE Discover a variety of panda-rific gifts for panda fans of all ages. Offering a variety of toys, clothing...
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Revealing of twin pandas names!

Giant panda twins’ names to be revealed at 100 Day Celebration on December 12 In one of their biggest milestones...
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Giant Panda Research

Zoo Atlanta’s research program on giant pandas began in March 1997. Research is conducted both here at Zoo Atlanta and...
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A bamboo bon voyage

The first surviving giant panda twins born in the U.S. are en route to China  Mei Lun and Mei Huan,...
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Giant pandas are departing

Departure date set for giant pandas Mei Lun and Mei Huan 3-year-old twins will depart Atlanta for China on November...
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The twins’ big adventure

Mei Lun’s and Mei Huan’s next adventure Wednesday, October 19, 2016 Visit the 3-year-old twins before they embark on an...
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Panda twins turn 1 month old

The giant panda twins are 1 month old Tuesday, October 18, 2016 The giant panda twins born to Lun Lun...
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Giant pandas born

Giant panda twins born at Zoo Atlanta! Second birth completes a pair of twins for Lun Lun Lun Lun, a...
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