Zoo Atlanta large panda twins Ya Lun and Xi Lun turned 6 on September 3, 2022. On Saturday, September 10, the Panda Care Workforce noticed the birthday in a joint enrichment celebration additionally honoring the twins’ father, Yang Yang, who turned 25 on September 9. For the twins, particular enrichment included ice “truffles” formed because the numeral six and containing frozen produce; birthday baggage crammed with leafeater biscuits; and a birthday banner. Yang Yang loved comparable birthday surprises subsequent door in an adjoining dayroom habitat in The Arthur M. Clean Household Basis Big Panda Conservation Heart.
Whereas Ya Lun can are typically extra hesitant to enter her dayroom habitat when unfamiliar gadgets are current, sister Xi Lun confirmed no such reluctance, exploring all the enrichment and tearing the banner.
The celebrations rounded out a season of large panda birthdays at Zoo Atlanta. The twins’ mom, Lun Lun, turned 25 on August 25.
Fewer than 1,900 large pandas are estimated to stay within the wild in China’s Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. Of those, greater than 1,200 reside inside nature reserves, and eight of those reserves have been supported by Zoo Atlanta. Though the Worldwide Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) up to date the species’ standing from Endangered to Weak in 2016, large pandas stay closely reliant on conservation packages. Their threats embody habitat fragmentation and habitat loss due to deforestation and different human actions. Zoo Atlanta has contributed nicely over $16 million in assist of untamed large pandas in China and has offered assist for reforestation initiatives, conservation education schemes, large panda nurseries, and discipline analysis packages and provides.
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