Pandas Have Arrived at the San Diego Zoo!

After 21 years, giant pandas have returned to the USA. Yun Chuan and Xin Bao are finally back in San Diego and will soon greet their new neighbors!
Todd Sarouhan
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What’s Black and White and Finally in San Diego? It’s Xin Bao and Yun Chuan!

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We promised to let you know when Xin Bao and Yun Chuan arrived at the San Diego Zoo!

After a 7,000 mile journey across the world, zoo officials confirmed their safe arrival in San Diego Friday morning.

Pandas, Rest, & Acclimation

While we can only imagine how the pandas are currently feeling, they’ll have plenty of time to rest and acclimate to their new home.

They won’t be available to the public for a few weeks yet. Allowing them plenty of time to settle in and bond with their care team.

The Long Journey to a New Home

The giant pandas left their home at the Wolong and Bifengxia Panda Bases as part of the conservation effort between the China Wildlife Conservation Association and the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

A special team of experts, nutritionists, and vets traveled with the pandas and will remain with them until the pandas have adjusted to their new home.

Their arrival continues the legacy, collaboration, and conservation efforts that began in 1996 with Bai Yun, Yun Chuan’s grandmother, and Shi Shi.

A Farewell Celebration

In the spirit of unity, a farewell ceremony was held for the pandas ahead of their trip.

On Wednesday, dignitaries, care teams, conservation leaders, and Mayor Todd Gloria came together for the event.

With videos from both Chinese and American students, a gift exchange between the conservation teams, and cultural performances - the celebration was a highlight of the unique relationship between the two countries.

Following the celebration, the pandas began their journey where they were pampered on their flight with “carefully prepared fresh bamboo, bamboo shoots, fruit, vegetables, and specially made steamed buns.”

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Known for being gentle and witty, Xin Bao, pronounced Sing Bao, is nearly four-year-old.

Described by her carers as having a “sweet, round face” and big, fluffy ears, guests will soon get to see her playful side.

Yun Chaun’s arrival brings his deep roots to the zoo full circle.

His grandmother, Bai Yun, arrived at the zoo in 1996, where she stayed for 23 years. While his mother, Zhen Zhen, was born at the zoo in 2007 before going to the Bifengxia Panda Base in 2010.

Yun Chaun, pronounced Yoon Chu-an, is nearly 5 and his carers describe him as “mild-mannered, gentle and lovable.”

And since the bears both get along well, this is a good sign that they’ll continue to strengthen their bond. With luck, Bai Yun’s legacy could continue in San Diego for generations to come.

Happy Birthday!

Both bears will soon celebrate their birthdays together at the end of July.

While we don’t know yet if the birthday celebration will be open to the public, we know the pandas will be treated to plenty of carrots and, of course, a delicious cake made of frozen fruits.

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