Giant Pandas Leaving Toronto Zoo
This week, thousands of people are expected to visit the Toronto Zoo, to say their goodbyes and offer well wishes to Da Mao and Er Shun. The pair of giant pandas and their cubs will sadly be leaving the Toronto Zoo and heading to the Calgary Zoo where they will stay until 2023.
The giant pandas arrived in Toronto in March 2013 as part of a global giant panda conservation breeding program. The program was a success with the birth of the first giant panda cubs born in Canada in 2015, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. Millions of visitors have been fortunate to experience one of nature’s most incredible and adored species.
As a result of the Global Giant Panda Conservation Breeding Program, the giant panda was downgraded in 2016 from “endangered” to “vulnerable” by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). This positive shift remains a primary goal of all species protection plans, and a significant focus of efforts and educational messaging by accredited and responsible zoological organizations globally.
Most giant pandas around the world are on loan from China, and the ten-year loan of the giant pandas to Canada is a partnership between China, Toronto and Calgary. March 2018 ends the four pandas five year stay at the Toronto and the remaining five years will be spent in Calgary.
Don't miss out on saying goodbye! Drop by the Toronto Zoo to celebrate the pandas and all their adorable moments. Whilte you're there, be sure to snap a photo with the panda farewell clock to commemorate your visit with the giant panda family before the Giant Panda Experience closes on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 6pm.
For more information on Da Mao and Er Shun and their incredible journey at Toronto Zoo, visit: www.torontozoo.com/Pandas.