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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, the first surviving pair of giant panda twins ever born in the U.S., are officially on their way to Chengdu, China, for a new home at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The … Continue reading "A bamboo bon voyage"

Tuesday, November 1

Many of the zookeepers here at Zoo Atlanta belong to an association called the American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) which is a professional association for animal caretakers. The Georgia Chapter of AAZK offers funding for keepers to take advantage of professional development opportunities. Recently, my coworker, Monica, and I were fortunate to have had … Continue reading "Tuesday, November 1"

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 3  Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the first surviving pair of giant panda twins ever born in the U.S., will depart Atlanta on November 3, 2016, for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding … Continue reading "Giant pandas are departing"

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 important new milestone Mei Lun and Mei Huan, the first pair of surviving giant panda twins ever born in the U.S., will depart Atlanta later this year on their way to one of the most … Continue reading "The twins’ big adventure"

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 on September 3, 2016, are 1 month old today. The duo has already surpassed a month of milestones, with many more to come. Currently known as “Cub A” and “Cub B,” the twins remain on … Continue reading "Panda twins turn 1 month old"

Tuesday, September 13

Last year I wrote about being a swing keeper in the Bird Department here at Zoo Atlanta. Since then, I’ve become the primary keeper for the Living Treehouse routine. This means that I spend every day of my work week caring for the birds in The Living Treehouse, the kori bustards and the wreathed hornbills. The … Continue reading "Tuesday, September 13"

Giant pandas born

Giant panda twins born at Zoo Atlanta! Second birth completes a pair of twins for Lun Lun Lun Lun, a 19-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins on September 3, 2016. Her first cub arrived at 7:20 a.m., followed 47 minutes later by the second of her twins, born at 8:07 a.m. The cubs, the … Continue reading "Giant pandas born"

Thursday, May 19

On April 30, we celebrated Save the Rhino Day at the Zoo. We had a great turnout, with lots of interested guests and button donations that went to Save the Survivors. Save the Survivors is an organization in Africa that cares and looks after rhinos that have been victims of poaching. The reason we have … Continue reading "Thursday, May 19"

Tuesday, May 3

Warmer weather and the official arrival of spring means one major thing here in the Bird Department: mating season! But before any of this can happen, mates need to be chosen. Since it is generally the female’s choice, it’s up to the males to strut their stuff and show off how fit they are. Birds … Continue reading "Tuesday, May 3"

Thursday, April 7

Before I began my internship with the Program Animals Department in January, I didn’t know that this department existed. Like most people, when I thought of the Zoo, the first things that came to mind were the larger animals such as the gorillas, giraffes, elephants and my favourite, the red panda. And like most people, … Continue reading "Thursday, April 7"