On Friday, March 23, 2018, four Giant Pandas arrived in Calgary from the Toronto Zoo. The two adult pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, and their two twin cubs named Jia Yueyue (Canadian Joy) and Jia Panpan (Canadian Hope) will be relaxing at their $14 million Panda Passage Complex until they have adjusted to their new surroundings. The adult pandas will remain in Calgary for 5 years with the Toronto born cubs heading back to China in 1.5 years. The Panda Passage Exhibit will be open to the public May 7, 2018.
The last time Calgary had pandas at the Calgary Zoo was in 1988, the same year Calgary hosted the Olympics. The Calgary Zoo estimates that the Giant Pandas will result in a 25% increase in attendance in their first year here, creating an economic impact of $18 million. In 1988, the proceeds went to conservation and this year they will go towards conservation again.
See the pandas this summer while attending IAWP 2018!
The Calgary Zoo is also part of the Companion Tours offered by IAWP 2018.
To find out more visit: Companion Program