Canada’s giant panda cubs are safely home in China

Posted on January 13

Calgary, AB – The first giant panda twins born in Canada safely arrived home at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China over the weekend. 
 
Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, Canadian Hope and Canadian Joy respectively, were born at the Toronto Zoo on October 13, 2015; travelling to the Calgary Zoo in March 2018 as part of a 10-year agreement between Canada and China. 
 
Early last Friday, they flew home to China – thanks to the great teams at YYC Calgary International Airport, the International Animal Lounge YYC and Lufthansa Cargo! Dedicated members of their Calgary Zoo human family, including a panda keeper and a member of our veterinary team, were with them throughout the flight as well as when they explored their new home. Their caregivers at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China flew to Calgary last year to meet them, get to know their routines, and are excited to welcome them home. 
 
“We would like to thank our staff and transportation partners for their significant planning and hard work to get the giant panda cubs back home safely,” said Jamie Dorgan, Calgary Zoo’s Director of Animal Care. “We’re proud to have contributed to panda research and conservation for their two-year stay with us and are excited for that to continue for the next three-years. Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue will be deeply missed by our staff, volunteers, community and indeed people right across North America who visited them during their stay in Canada.” 
 
For a look back on Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue’s time in Canada, click here. 
 
The two adult giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, will remain in Calgary until 2023.