April 18, 2023
Zoo Atlanta has received questions on the huge panda system and specially, on strategies for the twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun. Per the conditions of the Zoo’s mortgage agreement with China, as prepared, Ya Lun and Xi Lun will journey to China as their more mature brothers and sisters have accomplished right before them. It is predicted that this will occur in early 2024 even so, no certain timeline has yet been set up with companions at the Chengdu Analysis Foundation of Huge Panda Breeding.
For every the bank loan settlement, which is for grownup pair Lun Lun and Yang Yang, it has often been predicted that Ya Lun and Xi Lun would vacation to China when they ended up of age. Even so, owing to the extensive-expression world wide effects of COVID-19, they did not do so on a equivalent timeframe as their more mature siblings did. Ya Lun and Xi Lun are now subadults at extra than 6 yrs previous. Their more mature brothers and sisters, Mei Lan, Xi Lan, Po, and twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, have been ages 4, 5, 3, and 3, respectively when they traveled to China. This will be an interesting move for Ya Lun and Xi Lun, as they will have the prospect to sign up for a much larger breeding inhabitants of giant pandas. As generally, Zoo Atlanta will function carefully with colleagues in Chengdu to make certain a smooth transition.
Ya Lun’s and Xi Lun’s dad and mom, Lun Lun and Yang Yang, will keep on being at Zoo Atlanta for each the phrases of the mortgage agreement, which is set to expire in late 2024. No discussions have yet taken location with associates in China as to the standing of Zoo Atlanta’s giant panda system further than the conclusion of the personal loan in 2024.
Zoo Atlanta is committed to the prolonged-expression stewardship of giant pandas and to the continuation of its valued partnership and collaboration with the Chengdu Investigate Base of Big Panda Breeding and the Chinese Affiliation of Zoological Gardens. This partnership, which dates to the mid-1990s, proceeds to be very collaborative and productive in phrases of study in areas these as huge panda conduct, biology, and maternal treatment – all of which have enhanced the world-wide overall body of know-how about this species, improved the care of large pandas in zoological settings, and have supported the pandas’ wild counterparts in China. Giant pandas are Zoo Atlanta’s most major very long-time period financial commitment in wildlife conservation, with additional than $16 million contributed to date.
Rachel Davis, Director of Communications
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