May 2, 2019 Calgary Zoo

Panda Passage Receives Petal Certification

The cutting-edge habitat meets the world’s most rigorous building standards, becoming the first project in Alberta to receive the prestigious award.

We recently shared the exciting news that Panda Passage has received Petal Certification! But what exactly is Petal Certification and what does this mean?

Petal Certification is part of the International Living Future Institute’s (ILFI) Living Building Challenge – the world’s most rigorous performance standard for buildings – which provides a framework for design, construction and the symbiotic relationship between people and all aspects of the built environment. It is based off the principle that spaces should give more than they take.

Completed in May 2018, Panda Passage is the most advanced habitat in the world and part of the Calgary Zoo’s commitment to using resources in the most efficient way possible. Panda Passage is made with non-toxic materials, Forest Stewardship Council certified wood and repurposed materials. Everything from the previous building was utilized, including lighting, doorknobs and repurposed steel. Even the large trees in the habitats are deadfall collected from the zoo’s Flood Protection Project.

As a leader in wildlife conservation, we hope to inspire others by living our conservation philosophy through all that we do, and Panda Passage is a shining example. Careful thought and dedication were put not only into how to build this beautiful, world-class habitat, but how to support the conservation of its residents: giant pandas.

Each year that Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Yueyue and Jia Panpan reside here, the Calgary Zoo is contributing $1.4 million to the Chengdhu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, to support conservation initiatives like breeding, habitat, protection, reintroduction science and research. As the worlds’ leading conservation breeding program for giant pandas, the world-famous giant panda conservation base is part of an effort in China that has already seen results with pandas being down-listed from endangered to vulnerable in 2016.

Visit Panda Passage and see for yourself our one-of-a-kind habitat and the wonderful animals who reside there.

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