Meet our pandas

These charming and elusive bears are the pride of China, where conservation efforts have helped to preserve the vulnerable species. Visit our four individuals - adult pandas Er Shun and Da Mao, and cubs Jia Panpan and Jua Yueyue.

The Calgary Zoo is working in collaboration with The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Szechuan, China; an internationally-recognized non-profit center focused on panda conservation research and breeding. Through the Base’s collaboration with accredited zoos around the world, the population of captive pandas currently numbers more than 400.

Conservation Status

Source: IUCN

You can find this animal in
Panda Passage

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Giant pandas eat almost 40 Kg of bamboo each day.

At a Glance

Scientific Name

Ailuropoda melanoleuca


85 and 125 kg (females are 100 kg)


1.6-1.9 m in length (females are 20% smaller)

Conservation Status




99% of a panda’s diet is comprised of bamboo. They love tasty young bamboo shoots which are rich in nutrition and low in fiber. Outside of bamboo-shoot season, they’ll feed on bamboo leaves. Stems become part of their diet during the winter when leaves are few or of poor quality. They will also feed on eggs and meat if they find them.

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