Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Mon May 06, 2019 8:09 pm

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Jen W
May 3, 2019
*Sings* :%: It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
Nope, not the holidays! Bamboo shoot season! We’ve mentioned it a lot lately, but words cannot accurately describe how much easier life is with giant pandas when you have delicious, juicy, sugary bamboo shoots! Since the shoots are packed with so much water and sugar, the bears gorge themselves hard and then crash even harder for their many naps! Weight-wise, we are still offering the pandas the same amount of food, but they eat all of it so they are full for longer periods of time. This has given the team some much-needed project time to work on personal goals or other tasks, like prepping for The Beastly Feast tomorrow! This is our annual black-tie gala event that also happens to be one of biggest fundraising events to help promote Zoo Atlanta’s conservation mission. As this is such an important event, teams all across the Zoo are spending extra time (which is precious to us!) making the habitats and spaces looking their best. For the Panda Care Team, this is hard to do when the bears are being their typical picky selves. Thankfully, Beastly Feast and shoot season overlap, so it makes things a lot easier for us. The bears don’t care, though. They’re just beyond happy to be eating shoots!
Jen W.
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Danica W
May 6, 2019
Things have been pretty quiet with the giant pandas lately (bamboo shoots mean full, sleepy pandas and extra project time for the care team), but I did recently observe Ya Lun and Xi Lun during a pretty long self-anointing session. This is a natural behavior for giant pandas, and one we are seeing more frequently from the girls now that they are sub-adults. They seem to be taking after Yang Yang, with their apparent current favorite scent being Tabasco sauce. The best part is that if one sister rolls in the scent, the other sister then tries to self-anoint with her rather than the scent on the ground or the enrichment item. They generally end up rolling around on top of each other, with a fluffy panda head popping up every once in a while.
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Going After Nice Boo Today ~ 5/6/19 :cloud9:
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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Mon May 13, 2019 8:58 pm

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Jen W
May 8, 2019
One thing you all might have noticed from your visits to Zoo Atlanta or the pictures we have shared is that the outdoor habitats, dayrooms and behind-the-scenes night areas all look pretty empty during bamboo shoot season! Without all that extra “fluff” of bamboo leaves, when we offer the bears the equivalent weight of bamboo shoots, it looks like nothing compared to that same weight in bamboo! It’s just another short-lived perk of shoot season – a season that unfortunately only lasts about a month in Georgia!
Jen W.
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5/13/19~Go Thru Tunnel~Eat Shoots~Then Read Your Email/Scent Message
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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Mon May 13, 2019 9:01 pm

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Danica W
May 13, 2019
Giant pandas have been around for thousands of years. Some of the biggest threats that giant pandas face today, such as habitat fragmentation, didn’t become a problem until the agricultural and land development splurge in the last hundred years or so. Up until the late 1800s, little was known about giant pandas or their behavior. They are an extremely elusive carnivore often on the search for a new patch of bamboo. Their historical natural range didn’t have them coming into contact with humans often at all. It took a lot of effort and determination for researchers to collect some of the first pieces of data we have on giant pandas in their natural habitats. It’s crazy to think that despite being a well-known and recognized species across the world and all cultures, it wasn’t until recent years that we really started getting a grasp on giant panda behavior *. As a matter of fact, their entire genome even wasn’t sequenced until 2010!
Danica W.
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q. I for one am so thankful
* ^ from this update = really started getting a grasp on giant panda behavior
we have gotten to know their adorable behavior :hug: :rh: :pan:
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They are still enjoying this wonderful period of bamboo shoots, pandas love so much, but one is busy sending/scenting a message on a log {one of their behaviors = perhaps like working on just the right email for Mom on their b-log :giggle: } while the other finds just the right shoot

Shoots & Scents
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Re: Giant Pandas at Zoo Atlanta ~ Lun Lun-Yang-Ya Lun & Xi Lun Family

Post by queenie » Mon May 13, 2019 11:07 pm

Glad ZA put this 30 second-video {with sound} of Xi Lun & Ya Lun enjoying their bamboo shoots :bravo:

:vid: 30 sec. https://www.facebook.com/ZooATL/videos/ ... =2&theater
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There's a lot of chewing going on over in Pandas during bamboo shoot season! (video courtesy of Danica W.) #ZAPandas #OnlyZooATL
Like Shauna mentioned in the last update, bamboo shoot season is upon us! We all (humans and giant pandas alike) love shoot season because the pandas are able to eat their fill and get a lot of naps in. Unlike other animals that primarily eat leaves, giant pandas don't have the capability to grind up plant matter without chomping their jaws up and down. A few of our Wild Encounter Guides here at Zoo Atlanta actually taught me a cool trick to feel the difference in our jaw musculature versus a giant panda's, and you can try it right at home! Place your hand on top of your head and pretend you're chewing something. You won't feel much movement in your hand because our jaw muscles are attached near our temples. If you were a giant panda, you'd feel a lot of muscle movement on top of your head because their jaw muscles are attached at their sagittal crest. It's that jaw musculature that gives them the power to crunch through bamboo, but it also causes them to be unable to quietly grind leaf matter like other leaf-eating animals. I don't know about you all, but I think they're still pretty cute despite being loud and "smacky" chewers!
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