It’s been quite an exciting week for UK zoos with the arrival of two Panda at Edinburgh zoo. These are the first Giant Panda in the UK for 17 years and are at the zoo on a 10 year loan costing the zoo £1M per year.
After a nine hour flight from China the keepers at the zoo said that both panda were settling in and had already started to tuck into meals of tasty bamboo.
Tian Tian (female) and Yang Guang (male) are being kept in seperate enclosures at the moment and will be introduced to each other in February/ March when Tian Tian comes into season. Fingers crossed for successful breeding as I am sure a baby panda will bring in even more visitors to help with the costs of bringing the pair to the zoo and help to fund other conservation projects.
The Giant Panda will be on public display from 16th December and Edinburgh Zoo are advising visitors to book in advance as this is sure to be a popular attraction.
Good luck Edinburgh Zoo I look forward to the pitter patter of tiny black and white paws.