Pandas: Another Switch

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Bai Yun explored her snow-covered exhibit last month.

As we still have construction going on in Panda Canyon, we will playing “musical bears” for a bit. Currently on exhibit at Panda Trek are Bai Yun and Gao Gao. Bai Yun has been very busy since she moved back into public view. The last bear to be in her enclosure was Gao Gao, and she has spent the majority of her time re-scenting it. Gao Gao had done some handstand markings to make it look like a large bear was in the area, and Bai Yun decided that she was going to cover them up with her own scent. It was quite impressive to watch.

Throughout the day we also saw her smelling the air quite a bit. It’s been extremely windy in the canyons lately, and you can see the dust getting picked up in the air and swirling around the bears. Both Bai Yun and Gao Gao were lifting their heads to get a good whiff of what was around them.

Gao Gao also was busy for a part of the day. As Yun Zi had been the previous occupant of Gao’s enclosure, it needed to be re-scented. For a good part of the day, handstands were performed, and scent marking on logs and rocks was seen. By the early afternoon, Gao Gao needed a good nap but was up by 2:30 p.m., getting ready for more bamboo. One thing I can say about our bears is that they are very good about letting us know when it’s time for their next food delivery!

We encourage you to come see Bai Yun and Gao Gao while they are on exhibit, as we will not be having a set schedule of how long they will be out before we do another switch. We are doing our best to ensure that the pandas are comfortable during this construction period. That may mean that one bear may have access to a bedroom area for a short time or we may again play “musical bears.” Either way, we want to thank you all for your understanding and hope that you come see us soon!

Anastasia Horning is a panda narrator at the San Diego Zoo. Read her previous post, Scents for Pandas.