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Panda Passage Calgary Zoo

by Christina Rowsell
@RadioChristina

Panda cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue.
Image Credit - Chrisitna Rowsell
The Calgary Zoo 2018
They're cute and seem so cuddly. I'm talking about a panda of course. With their big, black, patched eyes you can't resist looking at them. Not to mention their fluffy coats that make you want to give them a squeeze. There's no doubt that a panda is absolutely adorable. Lucky for you, if you're in Calgary, they're here for five years. Well, except the young sibling cubs who will be moved in a year and a half to the breeding program.

The Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo welcomes adult pandas Er Shun and Da Mao and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue on May 7, 2018.

These magnificent animals are considered a national treasure, native to China. Trish Exton-Parder, media relations with the Calgary Zoo says, "We're expecting a 25 per cent increase in attendance. At the end of our panda year we're looking at 1.5 million. The summer will amp up when the kids are out of school and we've got lots of tricks up our sleeve on how to manage those line ups." Exton-Parder suggest that you can pre-book your visits and pre-book your time if you're thinking ahead.

She reminds us too that during the day pandas eat about 40 kg of bamboo, then after their meal they (of course) need a little nap during the day. Something to keep in mind before you visit the Calgary Zoo for the best times to see these adorable new friends.
Panda Passage Calgary Zoo 2018
Image Credit - Christina Rowsell

There are only about 1,800 pandas in the wild. Exton-Parder says, "They were endangered for a number of years, but in 2016 they were downlisted from endangered to vulnerable." She explains that the conservation work that everyone is doing is helping. "There is a research base in China called the Chendu Panda Base - that's where we send back funds every year to them to aid in the breeding program."

The Calgary Zoo is a leader in wildlife conservation. With dedicated biologists in their Centre of Conservation Research work in Canada and across the world to help endangered animals once again thrive in the wild. Learn more HERE.  I had the chance to talk with Trish Exton-Parder about the new Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo and found out some fun and interesting panda facts. Listen to the interview HERE.





Christina Rowsell - Radio AnnouncerBloggerPhotographer, Voice Actor, Mother, Wife, Sister, Daughter and... part time cook (only when she has time - in between driving to the hockey rink, lacrosse and volunteering...)

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