Panda Excitement

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Yun Zi continues to thrive and finds new excitement every day!

Breeding season is here, and the pandas have been as active as ever. The keepers continue to switch Bai Yun and Gao Gao’s exhibits, so the pandas are investigating their “new” areas vigorously. Bai Yun has been scent marking and bleeting like crazy. When she’s not walking around the exhibit she is either eating or napping. On Saturday, she napped for a few hours on top of the rock structure in her exhibit, and on Sunday she was staying in her bedroom for a while. I was surprised she was in there because the keepers had just replenished her food supply.

Gao Gao has also been active in his exhibit.  He spent a lot of his time in the tunnel, where he napped and called for Bai Yun. At one point she did come over to the gate, where they sniffed each other.  On Sunday, Gao Gao was entertaining Zoo guests when he found a gopher and decided to play with it and tossed it in the air.  Fortunately, the gopher scurried back into its hole unharmed.

It has definitely been an exciting few days at pandas, and I’m sure more excitement is to come!

Alyssa Medeiros is a panda narrator at the San Diego Zoo.

Update: The first breeding of this season for our panda pair occurred at 2:45 p.m. on April 15 (exactly two years after their first breeding of 2009)! Staff will continue to monitor Bai Yun, and give Gao Gao access to her if she seems willing, through the rest of the weekend. The main viewing exhibit will be closed to Zoo guests through Sunday, April 17.