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April 25, 2018 Calgary Zoo

Meet our giant pandas: Jia Yueyue

Meet Jia Yueyue our female juvenile giant panda!

The Calgary Zoo has welcomed four giant pandas! Panda Passage will open officially to visitors on May 7, so it’s time you get to know our pandas.

Meet Jia Yueyue.

The Calgary Zoo is pleased to welcome panda Jia YueYue to the zoo for the next two years as an ambassador for her species. Of the four giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo, she is the juvenile female, and will be staying at the zoo until 2019, when she and her brother Jia Panpan will return to China.

Meet Jia Yueyue, one of the Calgary zoo's panda cubs.

Meet Jia Yueyue, one of the Calgary zoo’s panda cubs.

Jia Yueyue quick snack facts!

  • Young female
  • Name pronunciation is [jYA youe youe]
  • Name means “Canadian Joy”
  • She has square-shaped eye patches that extend onto the bridge of her nose. She is considered easy to recognize.
  • Jia Yueyue enjoys games and challenges. She is known for being smart and curious.
The giant panda cubs when they were young. Photo credit: Toronto Zoo

The giant panda cubs when they were young. Photo credit: Toronto Zoo

Did you miss our last blog about Jia Panpan, the male cub? We talk about how when giant panda cubs are born as twins in the wild, the female often will only care for one offspring. The reason that the two cubs born at the Toronto Zoo in 2015 thrived was due to the excellent work of their Animal Care staff. While female Er Shun cared for one cub, the zookeepers would care for the second, scheduling swaps with the twins to ensure each cub received care and nourishment from its mother.

Giant panda twins. Photo credit: Toronto Zoo

Giant panda twins Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. Photo credit: Toronto Zoo

Don’t forget to watch Jia Yueyue during your visit! She is known for her curiosity, and often wanders away from her mother to explore differnt parts of her new Calgary Zoo habitat. She’s been spotted climbing logs, crossing streams, and will settle down with her own pile of bamboo (although she loves to steal her mother’s bamboo- just like brother Jia Panpan)! Check out videos of Jia Yueyue and her brother below!

These charming and elusive bears are the pride of China, where conservation efforts have helped to preserve the vulnerable species. 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. As a valuable young male, Jia Panpan might become part of a future breeding arrangement when he returns to China.


Panda Passage opens May 7! Visit our four individuals – adult pandas Er Shun and Da Mao, and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue.

Engage and Inspire zoo members get a home-court advantage with fun sneak peeks and member previews from April 27- May 5 – which means panda visits before anyone else.

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Comments (4)

  1. Debbie Biller

    Hi, I watched these pandas every day when they were in Toronto. Do you have a panda cam so that we may still watch them while they are in Calgary?

    • Calgary Zoo

      Hi Debbie,

      We are looking into the possibility of introducing panda cams! They won’t be introduced for a few more months.

    • Calgary Zoo

      Hi Cindy,

      The twins spend time both with and without their mother. They are following natural behaviors for their age – in the wild they would have already separated from their mother and be living more solitary lives.

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