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The next time you visit, you may see someone we know everyone has missed. Danica W. shares an update on Idgie! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL Last week we were able to reintroduce Idgie the red panda back to her outdoor habitat in the Asian Forest. After some brainstorming between the Animal Care Team, Maintenance Team and Horticulture Team, we have modified her new ramps and perching to accommodate some mobility issues she is experiencing. Idgie is 12 years old, and red pandas generally live up to their mid-teen years in human care. These new ramps are gradual, have some gripping bamboo “steps” for her while she climbs, and will make the habitat easier for her to navigate. She spent most of the day exploring and took some occasional naps up in her favorite new hut. Like the giant pandas, we’re now able to monitor Idgie with a camera in her habitat, so keep an eye out for Idgie guest appearances on PandaCam! --Danica W. Keeper I, Mammals (photo by Danica W.)

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Danica has today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ This past Sunday, we celebrated the last, but certainly not the least, of our giant panda birthdays for the year. Yang Yang turned 21 years old! Yang Yang spent his day doing what he does best: snoozing in the hammock and convincing his care team (actually just me; I'm the biggest pushover) to give him extra treats. We surprised him in the afternoon with several buckets of colored ice, a sugarcane-cicle, all his favorite scents, a frozen "2" and "1" with sweet potato pieces, and the biggest cardboard box he's ever seen! Special thanks to the hoofstock care team who sent it our way. If you were lucky enough to catch it on PandaCam, Yang Yang crawled into the box and spent a few minutes eating leafeater biscuits in there. If you tuned in and couldn't find him, there is a good chance that's where he was.⠀ Danica W.⠀ Swing Keeper I, Mammals ⠀ ⠀ (photo by Danica)

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Happy 21st birthday to our panda patriarch, Yang Yang! He will get a birthday surprise sometime between 1:30 and 2:30 - pandas are on their own time! If he’s still sleeping at 1:30, we will have to wait until he wakes up to surprise him. #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

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It's been an enrichment-filled week for the Panda Team! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL Just because you don't see him, her or them doesn't mean that the giant panda who spends the day behind the scenes doesn't get enrichment! Believe it or not, the pandas enjoy being behind the scenes just as much as they do hanging out in the dayrooms or the outdoor habitats. Yesterday, Yang Yang got to indulge in his natural skills as he batted around a frozen "scent-cicle.” We froze hot sauce and cinnamon in a Bundt cake pan and gave it to Yang Yang in one of his empty night rooms. Even after the "scent-cicle" shattered, he continued to bat around the pieces for quite some time until they eventually melted. He even picked up the pieces and self-anointed several times! Jen W. Keeper III, Mammals

13 Days ago

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13 Days ago

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Danica brings us today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL The weather is (sort of) starting to cool off, and we have been able to give the giant pandas access to the outdoor habitats on some mornings. Once the temperature hits about 70 degrees, the giant pandas give us behavioral cues that they want to come inside and enjoy the temperature-controlled indoor habitats. Giant pandas have very thick and dense fur, so they aren’t built to acclimate to the heat and humidity of Georgia summers and early fall. When the weather starts to cool down, and stays cool past 11 a.m., the pandas will be able to enjoy the entire day in the outdoor habitats. Until then, we give them the opportunity to explore in the morning before returning to the comfort of their habitats inside. Danica W. Keeper I, Mammals

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Happy birthday to Ya Lun and Xi Lun, Atlanta’s *least* terrible twos! We celebrated them on Friday, but hope you enjoy today with family and friends. We’re celebrating you and your support during Panda Fan Appreciation Week! What does this mean? From September 3 through 7, you will be able to vote daily on what enrichment activities you’d like the pandas to get. All you have to do is head over to our Facebook page to vote. The best part is that you get to see what item won, LIVE on PandaCam around 2 p.m. each day! Make sure to vote all week! Check out PandaCam for more information. #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

17 Days ago

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Ya Lun and Xi Lun might officially turn 2 on Monday, but they enjoyed early-birthday celebrations today! Well, as growing bears, they were slightly more interested in eating bamboo instead of tackling their ice cakes and birthday enrichment boxes. But the cakes got a few sniffs, and the twins found most of the leafeater biscuits! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL #panda #birthday #happybirthday

20 Days ago

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Ya Lun and Xi Lun, the only twin giant pandas in the U.S., are turning 2 tomorrow and we’re celebrating with two chances to wish them well as they enjoy birthday surprises. Join us at either 10 a.m. or 3 p.m., but don’t forget that giant pandas are on their own time. If they are sleeping at those times, we will have to wait until they wake up to give them their surprises. For more information, visit zooatlanta.org/event/ya-lun-xi #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

21 Days ago

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Learn more about Lun Lun's birthday in today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL On August 25, we celebrated the birthday of a very special member of our Zoo Atlanta family. Lun Lun turned 21 years old! Last year, Lun Lun shared her birthday enrichment with Ya Lun and Xi Lun, but this year she had everything all to herself and didn't have to worry about two youngsters stealing her goodies. Her care team provided her with ice treats full of bananas and scented with cinnamon, as well as decorated cardboard boxes stuffed with leafeater biscuits. In their native habitats in the wild, giant pandas generally live into their late teens and early twenties. At 21, Lun Lun would be at or near the end of her lifespan. In human care, giant pandas can live into their late twenties and even thirties, thanks to a neverending supply of bamboo, a safe place to live, and outstanding veterinary care. Our training with the giant pandas (and all of the animals here at Zoo Atlanta) allow us to ask them to participate in their own care. These positive relationships and trained behaviors help us ensure that we are able to actively monitor their health and address concerns as they arise. This is particularly important for animals as they reach their geriatric years. Lun Lun might be a year older, but she is in great health and enjoying her days. We're very lucky that Lun Lun is here with us at Zoo Atlanta, and thankful for all of the great contributions she has made as an animal ambassador for her species, her phenomenal care for her cubs, and the smiles she brings us each day. Danica W. Keeper I, Mammals (photo by Shauna)

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22 Days ago

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It's and Idgie update for today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ Many people have been asking about Idgie the red panda, so I thought I’d tell you a bit about how she’s doing. If you remember from Heather’s update earlier this summer, Idgie was moved to a behind-the-scenes area where her animal care team could more closely monitor her for some age-related mobility concerns. She has settled into her current home quite well and seems to be enjoying this new space. While Idgie is living behind the scenes, we’re taking the opportunity to try some different perching opportunities with her. In addition, we’re making some modifications to the renovations that were made to her habitat this past spring. ⠀ In order for Idgie to move home, we must ensure that she will be happy, healthy and safe. We need to know that she can confidently maneuver through her habitat to access important locations like food, water, shelter and air conditioning/heat. These things are vital to Idgie's ability to thrive here at the Zoo throughout her golden years. We hope you’ll be able to see Idgie out in her habitat again soon, but until then, rest assured she is living in the lap of luxury behind the scenes. Here is a recent video. (You may notice that Idgie has a shaved patch of fur on her leg - this is from a recent physical.)⠀ Jen A.⠀ Keeper II, Mammals ⠀ (video by Jen A.)

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We’re wishing a very happy birthday to Lun Lun; she’s 21 today! Comment below to wish our birthday panda well! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

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Are you ready to celebrate Atlanta’s *least* terrible twos? Save the Date: Ya Lun and Xi Lun are turning 2, and we’re celebrating August 31 with two chances to wish them well as they enjoy birthday surprises. Check out zooatlanta.org/event/ya-lun-xi for more information. #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

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A Sweet Potato Saga, huh? #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL There has been an update in the ongoing sweet potato saga! I don't know if everyone else cares about this as much as we do, but weighing the twins is a lot easier when we can set up the scale for both of the twins at once. This gives us more time to focus on the fun things, like enrichment or selecting the best pieces of bamboo based on how the giant pandas are eating that day. Previously on The Sweet Potato Saga (as it is now its own soap opera, complete with twins! Although neither seems to be the evil twin...), Xi Lun disliked sweet potato, so we placed leafeater biscuits for her and sweet potato for Ya Lun on the scale. We shifted them onto the scale in that order, with Xi Lun eating her biscuits and moving off the scale to grab bamboo, and then Ya Lun coming into the scale room and getting on the platform to eat her sweet potato. All was fine until Xi Lun suddenly, after months of ignoring the sweet potato, took a liking to it! This meant that we would have to shift the twins around in the building a lot more in order to have them in the scale room at separate times and give us a chance to reset the platform with reinforcement after shifting the first twin out. All that time that could be spent giving Yang Yang biscuits or working on special enrichment, tossed away on the breeze! Thankfully, just as with every good soap opera, there has been a new twist! It turns out that Xi Lun is unsurprisingly a little bit of a princess. She prefers her sweet potato chopped into small pieces, and will ignore it if it's too large. Ya Lun, however, is happy to plunk down and nibble on a large chunk of sweet potato. This allows us to go back to our former more efficient method of weighing the twins, at least until Xi Lun changes her mind again! (dramatic voice) Next time on The Sweet Potato Saga...hopefully everything stays the same! Michelle E. Keeper II, Mammals

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29 Days ago

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35 Days ago

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Check out today's #panda update! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL⠀ ⠀ Since Xi Lun has (finally) decided that apple and sweet potato are (possibly) yummy, we have been weighing the twins separately. This morning, we set the scale up for Xi Lun and began shifting the twins inside for their morning weights. Ya Lun decided that she just absolutely could not wait for her sister to be weighed before she took her turn. So this morning, we got a group weight and then subtracted Xi Lun's weight from that in order to get both giant pandas' weights. Sometimes the pandas force us to think on our feet a little!⠀ Jen A.⠀ Keeper II, Mammals ⠀ ⠀ (photo by Jen A.)

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Some kids can be so inspiring! I’m hearing more and more stories about kids making a difference by helping Wildlife and making changes. Anyone can be a warrior no matter what age you are. #conservation #pandas #wildlife #makeadifference #Repost @zooatl with @get_repost ・・・ Meet our friend Gracie! She’s 10 years old and has been recovering from a double leg surgery. Gracie’s mom shared with us that during her recovery, she wanted to take on a productive project. She decided to focus her efforts on saving giant pandas, and has been hosting lemonade stands and events to raise support. Gracie raised more than $500 to share with the giant pandas here at Zoo Atlanta and with giant pandas in the wild. She also created handouts and charts on conservation statistics to share with her community. Gracie and her family were our guests at the Zoo yesterday, and we’re so honored to hear about the efforts of such a dedicated young lady. Thank you, Gracie! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

38 Days ago

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Meet our friend Gracie! She’s 10 years old and has been recovering from a double leg surgery. Gracie’s mom shared with us that during her recovery, she wanted to take on a productive project. She decided to focus her efforts on saving giant pandas, and has been hosting lemonade stands and events to raise support. Gracie raised more than $500 to share with the giant pandas here at Zoo Atlanta and with giant pandas in the wild. She also created handouts and charts on conservation statistics to share with her community. Gracie and her family were our guests at the Zoo yesterday, and we’re so honored to hear about the efforts of such a dedicated young lady. Thank you, Gracie! #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL

39 Days ago