Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo has a rich panda history. Their first pair of giant pandas, Lan Lan & Kang Kang, arrived in 1972. Their last giant panda, Ling Ling, died on April 30, 2008.
Tomorrow, February 21, 2011 will be a very important day for Tokyo’s giant panda future.
Xian Nu & Bi Li, Ueno Zoo’s new breeding pair, will arrive in Japan. They will fly from Chengdu to Shanghai and from Shanghai to Narita International Airport. Both pandas, born in Wolong, will receive new names in Japan.
Ueno Zoo has been making some adaptations to their Panda House. The Panda House is not open to the public yet, but Pambassador Yumiko Kajiwara had the chance to go inside today and wanted to show us these pictures. Bi Li & Xian Nu will stay in quarataine for one month, so they can get used to their new homes.
Let’s introduce Tokyo’s new panda couple to you:
Xian Nu (female) was born on July 3, 2005 at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Wolong.
She has studbook number 600.
Her mother is Ying Ying (382) and her father is Lin Lin (455).
She has a twin brother Xian Zi.
Bi Li (male) was born on August 16, 2005 at the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda in Wolong.
He has studbook number 612.
His mother is Gong Zhu (477) and his father is Ling Ling (424).
He has a twin sister, Li Li.
Photo Credits: Yumiko Kajiwara (Xian Nu 2010 – Bi Li 2010) & Annette Yuen (Xian Nu & Bi Li together in 2009)