Visit Toronto Zoo to See Giant Pandas
May 28th, 2013
The Toronto Zoo has recently welcomed two giant pandas. The pandas arrived in Toronto on Monday, March 25, 2013 on a FedEx plane. The pandas traveled well, and are now resting comfortably in their new surroundings.
The pandas are on loan to Canada for 10 years per an agreement between Hu Jintao, President of China, and Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada. The pandas will stay at the Toronto Zoo for five years, and then move to the Calgary Zoo in 2018.
Er Shun, the female giant panda, came to the Toronto Zoo from Chongqing Zoo in China. Da Mao, the female panda, came to the Toronto Zoo from Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province in China. Chengdu is home to Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center as well as the Wolong Panda Reserve.
The two pandas have not yet met; they will be kept in separate areas for a minimum 30 day quarantine period. However, they can see and smell each other from their locations. When the Chinese panda experts and the zookeepers at the Toronto zoo all feel that the pandas are ready, they will be moved in to a habitat together.
The giant pandas are an endangered species. Zookeepers hope that the pandas will breed successfully during their time at the Toronto Zoo. If so, the baby pandas will remain at the Toronto Zoo until zookeepers determine that they are ready to move to another location.
During their flight, the pandas ate almost 200 kg of apples and 200 kg of bamboo. During their stay at the Toronto Zoo, the pandas will receive regular shipments of bamboo from Memphis via FedEx plane. While pandas are actually carnivores, the large majority of their diet - nearly 99% -- consists of bamboo. The remaining portion of their diet is made up of grasses and rodents.
The arrival of the pandas in Toronto is the perfect opportunity to take a limousine tour through 5 Star Limousine and visit the Toronto Zoo. 5 Star Limousine offers limo tours for all kinds of special events and attractions. We have a fleet of limos, including Excursion stretch limousines, Navigator stretch limousines, Hummer stretch limousines, and more.
Image credit: TorontoZoo.comBack to Visit Toronto Guide