Posted by: iamlillian | September 7, 2009

Gaint Panda Updates

Seeing larger than life sized Panda models popping up all over Adelaide city…


i guess more and more people are getting real excited with the Pandas coming in December. Just read the comments below =P

Giant Panda Updates

On schedule

Thursday, July 16, 2009 10:10am

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Construction of Adelaide Zoo’s Giant Panda House is on schedule to be completed by September 25. This allows two to three weeks to commission the building prior to the Giant Pandas arriving to complete a minimum of four weeks quarantine in the middle of October.

The official opening of the Panda House is scheduled for Monday December 14. Adelaide Zoo’s Giant Panda House is extensive and has many interesting features including:

  1. Separate outdoor exhibits for each Giant Panda, each with significant rock terracing, caves, chilled rocks, misting systems and shady gulleys.
  2. Six air-conditioned indoor dens to provide flexibility in managing the Giant Pandas. Two of the dens are also part of the exhibit.
  3. Noise reducing design features to minimise disturbance during the breeding season. The female’s off limit house has been designed to minimise noise in and around the cubbing den. Acoustic consultants have designed walls and ceiling to ensure that Funi’s living quarters are quiet.
  4. Thousands of trees and shrubs have been planted in the precinct, some up to 15 metres high for the Giant Pandas to climb into and to provide them with shade.
  5. The five hectare bamboo plantation which has eight species of bamboo under cultivation. The plantation has an unlimited supply of water for irrigation thanks to sponsorship from SA Water and the bamboo is growing extremely well as a result. Thanks to a generous supply of bamboo plants given to us from the local Adelaide community, the plantation will continue to be expanded over the next two years. Bamboo will be delivered daily and after washing it will be stored in a purpose built cool room located in the panda house kitchen. Weigh scales located in the kitchen will allow us to weigh all the bamboo before it is offered to the pandas and all waste material can be weighed and recorded.


Looking good. I can’t wait for December to come so I can visit the Pandas
Posted By: Scott on Thursday, July 16, 2009 3:08pm
First pair of Pandas in Australia :), can’t wait to visit the Pandas in this coming December.
Posted By: Alex Lo on Tuesday, July 28, 2009 4:39pm
My 4 year old son can’t wait till the Panda’s arrive. That’s all he’s talking about.. Will be absoultely BRILLIANT to see them here…
Posted By: Gail on Saturday, August 01, 2009 5:40pm
i love pandas, can not wat to see… them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted By: Pandora panda on Wednesday, August 05, 2009 2:26pm
I love all bears and I loved the Pandas when they came in the 80’s to Melbourne and in January I will make the journey to see them in Adelaide. Well done Adelaide in taking part in this imporant programme.
Posted By: Tania on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 10:52pm
love Pandas~~~how cute are they, are they the first pair in Australia? why the panda comes in the mid Oct, and the house is open at Dec…. need to wait 2 more months?
Posted By: tracy on Tuesday, August 18, 2009 3:00pm
I helped look after one of the pandas coming to Adelaide in China. Can’t wait to see him again! He loves his food so bring on the bamboo 🙂
Posted By: Paula on Monday, August 31, 2009 2:12pm
How long will the Pandas be in Adelaide????…we need to book out tickets!!
Posted By: sue on Monday, August 31, 2009 9:04pm

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