Panda News from around the world
  • 2011-12-04

    Here are some photos and a video of the arrival of Tian Tian and Yang Guang at Edinburgh Zoo.

    Yes we were there and cheered as they arrived and were quickly whisked inside the zoo.

    I'm really looking forward to actually being able to see them in person on the 16th December 2012.

  • 2011-12-04

    Well it's silly o'clock on Sunday 4th December 2011, and we're getting ready to go see Tian Tian and Yang Yuang arrive at Edinburgh Zoo.

    Hopefully I have some amazing technology that will allow me to post some pictures almost live to the Facebook page, so please have a look.

    As all things technical I'm not promising it will work, but here's hoping.

  • 2011-12-02

    Watch a video after the break, to see how a normal FedEx Plane was transformed in to the 'Panda Express' that will bring Tian Tian and Yang Guang to Edinburgh this weekend.

  • 2011-11-30

    I've just been informed that the Edinburgh Zoo's new Giant Pandas are due to arrive at the main gates of Edinburgh Zoo at around 1:40 in the afternoon.

    The zoo plans to give them a true Scottish welcome.

    Is there anyone is the area that is planning on going? I'd love to receive videos / photos of the event.

  • 2011-11-29

    The Edinburgh Zoo has reported that they have sold almost 1500 tickets in 24 hours to see the Giant Pandas which are arriving this weekend. Around 1/3 of the tickets have been kept back for visitors who turn up at the zoo on the day.


    Pandas’ Arrival Sparks Surge of Advance Bookings at Edinburgh Zoo

    The news that giant pandas Tian Tian and Yang Guang will be arriving at Edinburgh Zoo on Sunday (4 December) has resulted in a surge of advance bookings from visitors eager to catch the first glimpse of one of the world’s most endearing animals.

  • 2011-11-28

    If you're wishing to visit Tian Tian and Yang Guan some time soon, then you will need to make a reservation.

    They will go on display from the 16th December 2011, Tickets are currently available from when they go on to display till 31 January 2012 from . Tickets for later dates will be added in due course.

    The site is very busy, and it takes a lot of patience, a lot of re-clicking to get the tickets.

    I've just managed to book my tickets to see Tian Tian and Yang Guan on December 16th 2011.
    See you then.

    Is anybody else going?

  • 2011-11-28

    I have just received an official notification from the Edinburgh Zoo, stating that Tian Tian and Yuan Guang will be arriving this Sunday, 4th December 2011.

    Press Release:-


    The Pandas Are Coming!

    UK Arrival Date for Giant Pandas Officially Confirmed
    as Sunday 4 December

    Following months of global anticipation and excitement, the arrival date for Scotland’s first pair of breeding giant pandas has been confirmed as Sunday 4 December.

  • 2011-11-27

    Edinburgh Zoo's Giant Pandas are arriving on December 4th 2011, according to the The zoo has not confirmed this, but it fits in with what we have been eagerly anticipating for the last 6 months.

    The plan to obtain Tian Tian and Yang Guan started in 2008, when Edinburgh Zoo officials visited China to begin talks. Soon afterwards, the terrible earthquake of May 12th 2008 struck, putting plans on hold as the Wolong Panda Centre was all but destroyed and attention was turned to moving the pandas to Bifengxia and other centres around China.

  • 2011-11-02

    Yang Guan and Tian Tian the two pandas who will be arriving at Edinburgh Zoo any time now, have been given their own Scottish Tartan.

    The Scottish tartan goes back hundreds of years as a way of identify members of a clan. The new panda Tartan is primarily made up of black and white the colours of the panda with some gray to soften it, there is also red which symbolizes China, and green to represent bamboo the pandas main food source.

  • 2011-09-06

    Yaya from Chongqing Zoo has given birth to twins on the 4th of September 2011.

    These are the third and fourth cubs that Yaya has given birth to in the ten years that she has been at Chongqing.

    According to "Dragon Soft" one of the cubs is male and has been transferred to Bifeng Xia. The other will remain with Yaya, in the sweltering 40C heat of Chongqing - that's way too hot for pandas, lets hope the air conditioning keeps working.

    I'm keeping my fingers crossed that her namesake in Memphis USA, has a cub soon as well.

  • 2011-09-02

    A good panda friend of mine Chet Chin, recently visited, Bifeng Xia and asked the keepers there to point out Mei Qing's Son to her, then moved him slightly from the rest of the group and she took some photos of him. I thought you might want to see how he's grown.

    Many thanks to Chet for thinking of me and going to the trouble of taking a photo of him.

  • 2011-08-23

    Susan Braden, The director was just about to take her mother for an appointment, when the phone rang. She tried to ignore it but her mother picked it up and insisted that she took the call.
    It was CBS and they made her an offer she couldn't refuse.