Su Lin, Zhen Zhen Update

Su Lin. Photo credit: Wolong Panda Club

As hard as it was for us to say good-bye to our San Diego Zoo-born pandas, this task was made infinitely easier knowing that they would be well taken care of upon their arrival in China. The relationships we’ve built over the years with our colleagues at Wolong and Bi Feng Xia have been instrumental in establishing mutual trust and an understanding that we are all working toward the same goal: the best possible care of captive pandas and ensuring the persistence of wild populations.

Zhen Zhen. Photo credit: Wolong Panda Club

I know many of you have been wondering how Su Lin and Zhen Zhen have been doing since their arrival at Bi Feng Xia. Well, I am happy to report that they are both doing great! Last week, I received an update from one of our friends at Bi Feng Xia; both Su Lin and Zhen Zhen are living in the Leopard Mountain area there. Our colleagues’ nickname for this area is “Paradise for Overseas Returned Pandas,” and given its very large area, abundant trees, and variety of substrates, it sounds like a very nice space indeed.

Su Lin. Photo credit: Wolong Panda Club

Both of the girls are spending a lot of time climbing trees, and they are being provisioned with about 50 pounds (23 kilograms) of bamboo a day. Both of the girls have a den they can access. It seem that Su Lin is a bit mellower than Zhen Zhen in her new habitat, while Zhen Zhen has been playing quite a bit. This is generally a quiet time for adult pandas, and so we are all anxious to hear how Su Lin is behaving as spring, and the breeding season, approaches.

We will keep you posted on Su Lin and Zhen Zhen’s lives in Bi Feng Xia, and we’ll be sure to include updates on Hua Mei and Mei Sheng as well. Our colleagues, and good friends, are happy to keep us informed.

Megan Owen is a conservation program specialist at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Read her previous post, Wind, Snow, and Polar Bears.

Zhen Zhen. Photo credit: Wolong Panda Club

Su Lin. Photo credit: Wolong Panda Club

Zhen Zhen. Photo credit: Wolong Panda Club

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