The Toronto Zoo is very pleased to report that giant pandas Er Shun and Da Mao are now resting comfortably after having been successfully moved into their new habitat.
The off load into their new exhibit went smoothly and we want to thank FedEx Express for the exceptional attention to detail during all points of the transport, both in the air and on the ground.
FedEx’s expertise in moving precious cargo was clearly demonstrated to everyone at the Toronto Zoo.
Both giant pandas travelled well, with Er Shun being a little nervous, but both are now resting and curious about their new surroundings.
They ate almost 200 kgs of apples and 200 kgs of bamboo during their flight.
On Friday, March 22, 2013, FedEx delivered a shipment of bamboo from the Memphis Zoo and almost immediately after being unloaded, both pandas were heartily enjoying bamboo. The Toronto Zoo will continue to receive regular shipments of bamboo from Memphis which will be transported by FedEx as part of their ongoing commitment to the giant pandas.
Er Shun and Da Mao have not met each other yet as they are being kept in separate areas during the minimum 30 day quarantine period.
They will remain separated until the Chinese Giant Panda Experts and the Toronto Zoo Keepers determine the most appropriate time for them to meet face-to-face.
Although they have not been formally introduced to each other in the same room, they can see and smell each other from across the hallway of their respective holding areas.
From all reports from those familiar with their move today, their ‘first date’ went very well.