Tian Tian, an 8-year-old female, will be the first giant panda to come to Britain for almost 20 years when she arrives at Edinburgh Zoo next month with her male companion, Yang Guang.
First Giant Pandas To Live In UK For 17 Years
Tian Tian and Yang Guang, born in 2003, will be the first giant pandas to live in the UK for 17 years.
From The Daily Telegraph:
Like all A-list stars, she makes absolutely no effort to ingratiate herself with her fans; indeed she appears to ignore them as a point of principle.
Granted an exclusive audience with Tian Tian (meaning “Sweetie”) in her quarantine enclosure in the mountains of China’s Sichuan province this week, The Daily Telegraph was barely even acknowledged.
Soft entreaties of “Yoo-hoo! Tian Tian! Little Sweetie!” – were greeted only by the cocking of a teddy bear-like ear followed by a withering stare, before Tian Tian returned to delicately demolishing a stem of fresh-cut bamboo.
The breeding pair of giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guan (meaning “Sunlight”), require a highly specialized diet and at least some of it will be freshly picked for them on site.
18,000 Kilograms Of Bamboo Every Year
The pair are expected to chomp their way through nearly 18,000 kilograms of bamboo every year. In total, it will cost about £70,000 per year to provide enough bamboo to feed both giant pandas.
The zoo will grow around 15% of the bamboo needed for the pair when they arrive, and the rest of their rations will be imported from Amsterdam in the Netherlands.
From The Daily Mail:
Simon Jones, the zoo’s gardens manager, said: ‘Our starting point was to ensure a long-term supply of fresh bamboo that was both sustainable and cost-effective.
‘Because bamboo forms such a fundamental part of the giant pandas’ diet, we also had to guarantee consistency of supply, and to ensure that the bamboo was of the highest possible quality while offering the variety of species required for their highly-specialised needs.
Pair Will Be On Loan For Ten Years
The animals will live in Edinburgh Zoo for ten years under the care of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland. I’m sure they will make a whole lot of money for the zoo, since everyone loves a panda. Whether pandas love being moved from China to Scotland is questionable.
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