Update: Giant Panda Relocation to China

Posted on September 25

We know our global community is anxiously awaiting an update on our giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao. The Calgary Zoo advised in May that COVID-19 had negatively impacted our ability to reliably source fresh bamboo for our giant pandas and international permit approvals to get them home to China had been delayed.

Er Shun and Da Mao continue to receive exceptional care from their human caregivers. The Calgary Zoo is sourcing fresh bamboo for them from a variety of suppliers across North America, in anticipation of our Canadian bamboo supply being depleted later this month. While not ideal because this effort is an all-consuming, expensive process, the Calgary Zoo is committed to doing anything and everything we need to, to ensure the health and well-being of our cherished giant pandas.   

We are pleased to share that international permit approvals are underway. We are cautiously optimistic that we’ll have a flight confirmed to get them home to China, where bamboo is abundant and local, very soon.