Giant Pandas in Singapore




Sep 06, 2013

Kai Kai and Jia Jia celebrate birthdays and first anniversary in Singapore

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Panda TV: Ni hao, Kai Kai and Jia Jia!

You get only 15 minutes in the enclosure with the other 149 people in your group.

Visitors flock to Singapore Zoo to eye Giant Pandas
By Kimberly Spykerman | Posted: 29 November 2012 1348 hrs

SINGAPORE: The two pandas from China, Kai Kai and Jia Jia, thrilled hordes of visitors on the opening day of the Giant Panda Forest on Thursday.

They were active, moving playfully around their enclosure, as visitors snapped photographs and filmed every action of the pandas.

Some visitors were at the Singapore Zoo, where the Panda Forest is located, before 8am – one hour before the panda’s enclosure opened.

Each adult pays an extra S$5 while a child pays an additional S$3 to visit the pandas.

Visitors flock to Singapore Zoo to eye Giant Pandas


The Giant Panda Forest is now open to the public through a special access point in the Singapore Zoo. Tickets at S$5 (adult) and S$3 (child) exclude zoo admission charges.

For admission to Singapore Zoo (Tickets are valid for one month from date of issue): SGD 32 for an adult, SGD 21 for a child.

Panda exhibit opens, say hello to Kai Kai and Jia Jia

by Zaki Jufri – 28 November 2012 5:46 PM | Updated 29 November 2012 1:10 AM


A man-made waterfall, dipping pools, lots of room to chill and an endless supply of delectable bamboos – their new residence is a six-star hotel equivalent for celebrity panda couple Kai Kai and Jia Jia who are here in Singapore on loan from China for the next decade.

At their first public appearance on Wednesday afternoon, Kai Kai and Jia Jia appeared to be fitting right in, frolicking around the enclosure, enjoying their bamboo shoots and obviously getting a bit curious at all the extra attention during a media preview.

Panda exhibit opens, say hello to Kai Kai and Jia… – Cached


At Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, it is feeding time for their favorite panda cakes and apples.


Wed, 14 Nov 2012 11:52:37 GMT

341 giant Pandas live in captivity across the world: Report

From K J M Varma
Beijing, Nov 13 (PTI) The number of giant pandas living in captivity around the world has risen to 341 from no more than 100 two decades ago, the Committee of Giant Panda Breeding Techniques announced today.

However, the survival rate of giant panda cubs has dropped from 80.8 per cent in 2011 to 71.4 per cent this year, committee director Zhang Zhihe said.

Blogger: Reasons are
1 Crowding of giant pandas, leading to easier spread of diseases.
2 Frequent contact with people: giant pandas pick up human diseases.

341 giant Pandas live in captivity across the world: Report



Giant pandas inspire charity drive

Property GuruProperty Guru – Thu, Nov 8, 2012

by Romesh Navaratnarajah

Property developer CapitaLand and its philanthropic arm CapitaLand Hope Foundation have launched the Because iCare – Kai Kai and Jia Jia Charity Drive, in line with fundraising efforts for President’s Challenge 2012.

Some 200 guests and 50 children’s beneficiaries attended yesterday’s event held at the Giant Panda Forest at River Safari, with President Tony Tan Keng Yam as its guest of honour. The charity drive raised a total of S$200,000 from 10 corporate donors.

“We are pleased to launch the CapitaLand Because iCare – Kai Kai and Jia Jia Charity Drive in support of President’s Challenge. This charity drive combines CapitaLand’s commitment to building a better future for underprivileged children and its efforts towards giant panda conservation as the Presenting Sponsor and Conservation Donor of the Giant Panda Collaborative Programme,” said CapitaLand’s CEO Liew Mun Leong.

Giant pandas inspire charity drive – Yahoo! News… – Cached


Adorable images of seven baby pandas were released last week by the Chengdu Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding in China, as the panda preserve showed off some of its newest squeal-worthy residents.


Tuesday, November 6, 2012, 5:18 PM
Giant panda cubs lie in a crib at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, China. The base is said to be a popular national tourist attraction.
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Sunday, November 4, 9:52 pm
One of 7 new baby Giant Pandas born at the Chengdu Panda Base in China (Chengdu Pampassador via Facebook,

Cuteness overload as eight Giant Panda cubs debut in China

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China cornered the market on cuteness with the announcement of its 2012 bumper crop of baby pandas. Eight have been born this year and you can coo at their newly released baby pictures in the gallery of snaps above — including the very first pic of seven of them together in their nursery. The black and white babes go by the names of Xiao Qiao, Si Yi, Yuan Run, Miao Miao, You Bin, Cheng Shuang, Cheng Dui and, of course, Oreo, who was born on the first day of the London Olympics and had his name crowd sourced by panda lovers the world over. Can you take a little more adorableness? Cheng Shuang and Cheng Dui are twins. (Picture 13 and following are of a San Diego panda who was the subject of a naming contest last month. His name will be revealed Nov. 13.) [Source]

Cuteness overload as eight Giant Panda cubs debut in – Cached



abc news

I wonder whether the Pandas in Singapore will contribute to their upkeep by being involved in making PANDA POO TEA!

By Simone Press

Nov 18, 2011 6:00am

The World’s Most Expensive Tea: Made From Panda Poo!?

When one thinks of tea, they may think of sitting back and relaxing in a comfortable armchair, cozying up to a roaring fire and then indulging in a warm, chewy chocolate chip cookie.

They don’t think about pandas and certainly not panda poo.

gty panda bamboo jef 111117 main The Worlds Most Expensive Tea: Made From Panda Poo!?

But, turns out, it’s all about the panda dung. Wildlife expert and Sinchuan University lecturer An Yashi is debuting a special blend of green tea that is expected to go for as much as approximately $35,000 per pound, Australia’s reported. And guess what? It’s fertilized using panda excrement.

Why is the poo so popular? Turns out panda excrement is loaded with various vitamins and minerals that come from bamboo – what pandas primarily eat.

“Pandas have a very poor digestive system and only absorb about 30 percent of everything they eat,” Yashi told the Australian website. “That means their excrement is rich in fibers and nutrients.”

According to Yashi, those important nutrients end up in the tea through that fertilization process.

“Just like green tea, bamboo contains an element that can prevent cancer and enhance green tea’s anti-cancer effects if it is used as fertilizer for the tea,” he told

The World’s Most Expensive Tea: Made From Panda Poo!? – ABC ……/lifestyle/2011/…tea-made-from-pandapoo


Malay Mail

Tao Tao, an artificially bred giant panda born in captivity in a wild training center in Wolong slowly makes its way toward a bamboo forest in Shimian, southwest China’s Sichuan province on Oct 11. AFPpic




September 20, 2012

Singapore, 20 September 2012 – Giant pandas Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉) today
underwent a thorough medical examination as part of their quarantine routine. This routine check-up is conducted for all new animals that are added into Wildlife Reserves Singapore’s (WRS) parks to ensure that the animals are healthy. This is usually carried out after the new animals have settled in their quarantine dens.

WRS’ veterinary team positions a sedated Kai Kai in preparation for the medical examination. Kai Kai was anaesthetised at 9.25am.

Female giant panda Jia Jia being wheeled out on a stretcher at WRS’ Wildlife Healthcare and Research Centre.

Wildlife Press


Week-old panda cub dies in US zoo

by Donna Smith (Reuters) – 24 September 2012 2:38 PM | Updated 3:11 PM

(WASHINGTON) The giant panda cub born at Washington’s National Zoo just one week ago died on Sunday, zoo officials said.

While the exact cause of the baby panda’s death is yet to be determined, zoo officials said the cub, which weighed just under 100g, was in good body condition and that there were no outward signs of trauma or infection.

The cub’s death was discovered Sunday morning after panda keepers and zoo volunteers heard a distress vocalisation from its mother, Mei Xiang.

Week-old panda cub dies in US zoo


This is the mother, Mei Xiang.

File photo of Mei Xiang at the National Zoo in Washington, DC. A baby giant panda born to Mei Xiang just one week ago at the National Zoo died Sunday of still to be determined causes.


Giant pandas get first full body check-up
By Xinhang | Posted: 20 September 2012 1954 hrs

SINGAPORE: Singapore’s panda couple got their first top-to-toe check-up and vets have given both a clean bill of health.

Jia Jia arrived at the vet for her check-up on Thursday afternoon. The vets said it took them about an hour to anesthetise her, using a blow-dart because she is afraid of injections.

Her more obedient companion, Kai Kai, had already completed the check-up earlier, involving blood tests, chest x-rays and ultrasounds.

So far, the pandas are healthy. But the big question is – will they mate?

Giant pandas get first full body check-up


Wildlife Press


Singapore, 14 September 2012 – Male giant panda Kai Kai (凯凯), born on 14 September 2007, spends his first birthday in Singapore today with a delicious cake made of ice, carrots and other panda treats.

Panda-licious: Kai Kai enjoys a special birthday cake made of ice, carrots, apples and high-fibre biscuits. The male giant panda and his female counterpart, Jia Jia, are undergoing quarantine at the den block in River Safari.

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Look at photos of Giant Pandas at Wildlife Reserves Singapore

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Wild Panda is filmed eating meat in China

A wild panda was videoed turning carnivore and gnawing at the bones of a dead wildebeest in Pingwu County, southwest China’s Sichuan Province.


Panda hunts down peacock

A panda bear at a zoo in China turns carnivore after it chases down a peacock that had strayed into its pen.


Watch the video!

Pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia Arrive In Singapore, Sept 6, 2012


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Singapore gives VIP welcome to Chinese pandas

AFP September 6, 2012, 3:58 pm

SINGAPORE (AFP) – Singapore on Thursday gave a VIP welcome to a pair of giant pandas loaned by China for 10 years to mark two decades of close diplomatic relations.

The bears — five-year-old male Kai Kai (“victorious”) and four-year-old Jia Jia (“beauty”) — will be the stars in a new section of the Singapore Zoo and will make their public debut in December after a quarantine period.

Singapore hopes they will have babies during their stay in the city-state and has devoted millions of dollars to a climate-controlled enclosure designed to promote breeding in the island’s humid tropical climate.

“It is indeed our privilege to be entrusted with two of China’s national treasures,” a Singapore government representative, Teo Ser Luck, said at Changi airport after the pandas arrived.

Dai Bing, charge d’affaires of the Chinese embassy in Singapore, called the animals “the friendship ambassadors of China and Singapore.”


Singapore Airlines is the Official Airline for the giant panda collaborative programme between Wildlife Reserves Singapore, parent company of the River Safari, and the China Wildlife Conservation Association.

Singapore Airlines flew in giant pandas Kai Kai, Jia Jia

Singapore Business ReviewSingapore Business Review – 4 hours ago

he pandas were then transported to River Safari.

In a release, giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia arrived safely in Singapore this morning, flown in comfort on board a Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747-400 freighter. The approximately 4.5 hour flight, which departed Chengdu at 0345hrs, landed at Singapore Changi Airport at 0820hrs today. The departure and arrival timings were scheduled as such to minimise any climate-related discomfort.

Throughout their journey, the cabin temperature was kept between 18 and 22 degrees Celsius, consistent with the temperature of the pandas’ natural habitat in Sichuan. The gentle giants travelled in custom-made crates that offered ventilation and space to move about. ‘Inflight meals’ of bamboo, fruit and water were provided. A team of five keepers and vets from both China and Singapore were also on board to ensure the pandas’ well-being.

“Singapore Airlines is pleased to have transported Kai Kai and Jia Jia comfortably to Singapore. We warmly welcome them to their new home at the River Safari, and are privileged to be playing our part in this significant conservation initiative,” said SIA CEO Mr Goh Choon Phong.
Singapore Airlines flew in giant pandas Kai Kai, Jia Jia


China pandas ready for big move to S’pore
By Kristine Lim | Posted: 05 September 2012 1712 hrs

CHENGDU, China: Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia are all ready for their move to Singapore. A farewell ceremony was held for them at the Chengdu Bifengxia Panda base.

The cargo plane will take off from Chengdu airport at 2am on Thursday. It will be their first long distance trip and extra care is being taken to ensure they are comfortable.

Ninety kilogrammes of bamboo have been prepared for the journey. A panda eats an average of 20 kilogrammes of bamboo a day.

China pandas ready for big move to S’pore


This is a good link for Giant Panda cubs.

  1. ZooBorns – Panda Baby Zoo Animals

    San Diego Zoo Conducts First Exam of Giant Panda Cub
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    More Panda babies from ZooBorns »


August 23, 2012

This is the sixth Giant Panda born at the San Diego Zoo, the most born at a breeding facility outside of China. All six Giant Panda births have been to mother Bai Yun.

San Diego Zoo Conducts First Exam of Giant Panda Cub



The last pair of pandas that lived in France were an embarrassing disaster in breeding terms as both turned out to be males!

Some of the more extreme methods used to get pandas to copulate have included showing them videos of other bears mating and even supplying the male with Viagra.

Expensive Pandas: the Beauval zoo, a private zoo, is paying China around a million dollars annually, for the ten-year loan.

Big Eaters and Big Shitters: they eat 35kg of bamboo a day and defecate about 30kg a day.


  • 29 Aug 2012
  • The Star Malaysia

Pandamania in France

French guests take rocky road to parenthood

We’re a little stressed because we’re accountable to them. — ASTRID BERNASCONI

SAINT-AIGNAN (France): Like many normal young couples starting a life together, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi have moved into a new home, happily go about their daily business, and hopes are high for a baby.

Too cute: Visitors looking at Huan Huan at the Beauval zoo in Saint-Aignan, France. — AFPBut nothing else is normal about them. Their residence costs over US$1mil (RM3.12mil) a year, 10,000 humans gawk at them every day, and bitter failure has met most of the chosen few who took the rocky road to parenthood before them.Not that any of that bothers Yuan Zi (“Chubby” in Chinese) or his female partner Huan Huan (“Happy”), or the hordes of tourists who are thrilled by the indolent exploits of the giant pandas in Beauval zoo.Yuan Zi, as if to show his indifference, took a break from munching bamboo in the morning sunshine to turn his rear end towards a crowd of excited onlookers and produced a large, shining, green deposit.“They eat 35kg of bamboo a day and defecate about 30kg a day,” said zoo director Rodolphe Delord.The pair are monitored round the clock by security guards and surveillance cameras, and during the day, crowds swarm to see them snooze or eat the frozen apple, honey and ice treat they have been getting during a recent heatwave.A zookeeper comes to their enclosure every hour during the day and gives a presentation that explains that the panda is an endangered species with only about 1,600 remaining in the wild in China and some 300 others in captivity worldwide.Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, who have just reached maturity at the age of four, arrived in January from China’s panda conservation centre in Sichuan province and are in Beauval on a ten year loan – for which the private zoo is paying China around amillion dollars annually.The pair are in France as another example of “panda diplomacy” – China’s bid to use “soft power” to boost its image and strengthen diplomatic ties with a country by loaning the popular bears.There is immense pressure on Beauval to get the pair back to China in good shape.“We’re a little stressed because we’re accountable to them,” said zookeeper Astrid Bernasconi.There is also great pressure to make sure that the couple produces offspring.

The section of the zoo where they are kept has an optimistic sign declaring that it is the “Conservation and Breeding Centre of Giant Pandas”.

But captive pandas are notorious for their reluctance to breed.

A stark reminder of that came just last week with the demise in Berlin Zoo of Bao Bao, at 34 the oldest known male panda in the world.

He died cubless despite having procured a series of females since his arrival in Europe in 1980.

Other examples of panda reproductive failure abound.

A pair gifted to Britain in 1974 remained cubless to the end, while the last pair of pandas that lived in France were an embarrassing disaster in breeding terms.


Even Pandas Are Eco-friendly! | Fresh Fuzz


Free Malaysia Today

Singapore’s panda couple will arrive in chartered jet

August 23, 2012

The pandas will be kept in quarantine for a month and visitors willable to see them in December.

SINGAPORE: The panda couple will arrive here next month, in a specially chartered jet complete with minders to cater to their every whim.

Giant pandas Kai Kai and Jia Jia will make their eagerly anticipated Singapore debut on Sept 6. They will have an entourage of vets and keepers to look after them during the five-hour flight on a Singapore Airlines Boeing 747 freighter.

The freighter, which can carry up to 134 tons of cargo, will take on board 200kg of bamboo to feed its celebrity guests. It will be kept at a cool 18 degree C to 22 degree C, with humidity hovering between 50% and 60% – similar to the creatures’ natural habitat.

The Republic is only the ninth country to benefit from a 10-year panda loan deal with China. The agreement was made official during Chinese President Hu Jintao’s state visit to Singapore in 2009.

Singapore’s panda couple will arrive in chartered jet


Malaysia’s giant panda loan agreement with China is not our country’s first attempt to join the likes of the United States, Japan, Austria, Spain, Thailand, Australia, Scotland, France, and soon Singapore, to host a pair of giant pandas.

Malaysian Insider

It’s all black and white: The giant panda loan deal with China — Chet Chin

August 20, 2012

AUG 20 — Giant pandas are black and white. So, too, is the giant panda loan agreement that Malaysia signed with China on June 15, 2012. There are various reasons (good and bad) why the agreement shouldn’t have been signed but the fact remains — it has been signed, and witnessed at the highest level by our own prime minister and a member of the permanent committee of the Communist Party of China’s Central Political Bureau (CPC) Committee. There is no backing out of it. Instead of criticising and complaining, let’s make the best of it and do what we can to make the chosen pair welcome when they eventually arrive.
My black-and-white love affair began at the turn of the millennium when I watched a documentary about Wolong on Animal Planet, read an article about Dr Pan Wenshi and his work with wild giant pandas in The Reader’s Digest, and discovered Hua Mei, the first giant panda cub to be born and to survive in the Western Hemisphere, on a panda webcam set up by the San Diego Zoo, where she was born on August 21, 1999.

After watching the Wolong documentary, I made up my mind to visit the place some day. This came true in September 2007. The moment I stepped in, I felt like I had arrived home. There and then I promised to return every year. When Wolong was extensively damaged by the 2008 earthquake, I “followed” the pandas to Bifengxia Panda Base in August 2008, and have been going there every year since. My most recent trip was last May.
Am I happy Malaysia has joined the special group of giant panda “host” countries? Actually, we haven’t joined yet; we are a giant panda “host” country-designate, our membership to be confirmed on the day the chosen pair arrives. But I digress …

I have mixed feelings about having giant pandas in Malaysia, and I am more worried than I am happy about it. That 2009 news report about making sure that the giant panda doesn’t die on its way here has stuck in my head; if an official representative of our country can think like that, what hope is there that the giant pandas will have a good 10 years with us?

But there is hope — much hope, and positive hope, too — now that the agreement is in black and white and not just wishful thinking. Because whatever we do for our “Malaysian” giant pandas — from the building of their new home to their arrival to their quarantine period to their settling in, et al — will be in the international limelight.

Giant pandas have been called goodwill ambassadors, but more than that, they are much loved and treasured by the Chinese people. It’s a heavy responsibility to host a pair in Malaysia, and it’s a responsibility that I am sure our country will do its best to fulfil. After all, it is just like looking after a good friend’s children while they’re on holiday here.

* This is the personal opinion of the writer or publication and does not necessarily represent the views of The Malaysian Insider.

It’s all black and white: The giant panda loan deal with China — Chet Chin


Singapore is expected to get their Giant Pandas on Sept 6, 2012.

Wildlife Press

Latest news, announcements and events from Wildlife Reserves Singapore

August 15, 2012


Singapore, 15 August 2012 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) today announced that the two giant pandas from China will be arriving in Singapore on 6 September 2012.

The giant pandas from Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base will be flown to Singapore on board a Singapore Airlines Cargo Boeing 747 freighter and are expected to touch down at Changi Airport at 8.20 am. The two pandas, named Kai Kai (凯凯) and Jia Jia (嘉嘉), will be housed at the Yangtze River zone of the upcoming River Safari, along with other endangered wildlife from China such as the giant salamander and the red panda. The pandas will add new buzz and excitement to the tourism and leisure landscape, for Singaporeans and visitors.

Singapore, 15 August 2012 – Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) today announced that the two giant pandas from China will be arriving in Singapore on 6 …… – Cached


Hu Bao and Wujie, pandas on loan to Singapore Hu Bao and Wujie, pandas on loan to Singapore

Singapore Zoo preps for China pandas
By Channel NewsAsia’s China Correspondent Glenda Chong | Posted: 17 May 2010 2017 hrs

SICHUAN : Singapore is preparing to welcome two pandas from China in August next year.

On loan for a 10-year period, they will go on display at the River Safari attraction at the Singapore Zoo.

Wildlife Reserves Singapore, which owns the attraction, also intends to start a breeding programme of the endangered species.

Two-year-old Hu Bao is playful and affectionate, while three-year-old Wujie is strong and stable.

They are the two panda cubs that will be making Singapore home next year.

Currently staying at Bifengxia Panda Base, zoo keepers are preparing them for their move.


They are still on a diet of milk, steamed bread roll and bamboo, but will eventually be weaned off milk.

Pandas are notoriously known to be fussy eaters – there are about 40 different types of bamboo for them to choose from.

And the pair appear to have acquired a taste for Singapore cuisine.

“Singapore has sent some sample bamboo to us. The pandas had a ‘food-tasting’ and accepted the bamboos,” said Huang Shan, a zoo keeper at Bifengxia Panda Base.

The Singapore Zoo will be planting an 8,000-square metre of bamboo plantation just for the pandas.

SICHUAN : Singapore is preparing to welcome two pandas from China in August next year. On loan for a 10-year period, they will go on display at the River Safari …… – Cached


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