Giant Pandas at Memphis Zoo ~ Le Le & Ya Ya Pair

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Giant Pandas at Memphis Zoo ~ Le Le & Ya Ya Pair

Post by queenie » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:25 pm

Giant Pandas at Memphis Zoo ~ Le Le & Ya Ya Pair
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Giant Pandas at the Memphis Zoo

Le Le (Luh Luh) Meaning "Happy Happy" male born July 18, 1998
at Chongquing Zoo In Chongquing, China
Ya Ya "Beautiful Little Girl" female born August 3, 2000
at Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China
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About our Pandas
"Ya Ya" (female) & "Le Le" (male), two giant pandas were special passengers on a 2003 FedEx Express flight from Beijing to Memphis, where they arrived at their new home at the Memphis Zoo.
This pair came to the Zoo as part of a long-term lease with China in 2003. In 2013, that lease was renewed for another ten years. While Ya Ya has not yet produced a panda cub, the Zoo has made strides in panda reproduction studies, even an ability to predict a pregnant panda’s due date with excellent accuracy.
The zoo in Memphis, Tennessee, is one of four zoos in the USA that has Giant Pandas. Their research program is focused on nutrition. Collaborating scientists are studying which species of bamboo the bears prefer, what times of year they eat them, how best to serve up that bamboo in captivity, how much energy they get from the bamboo, and how panda foraging behavior can affect the growth of wild bamboo.

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Post by queenie » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:33 pm

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Ya Ya 13th & 16th B'Days
She was hand raised as opposed to being raised by her mother. Ya Ya is considered by her keepers to be a regular ham, loves attention and is very vocal in expressing herself when she wants something. Her ears are rather pointed at the top and the fur does not grow right up to the area around her eyes leaving a small ring of dark skin.
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Le Le 15th & 16th B'Days
He was mother raised. He is very playful around his keepers, but for the most part his favorite past time is eating bamboo. He has a very round face, with round ears.Both pandas were quarantined for several weeks upon arriving at the Memphis zoo.
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click bigger ^~ Some of Ya Ya's insemination history
Artificial Insemination @ Memphis Zoo
Posted by Jeroen Jacobs | Date: 2012 05 17 | In: Memphis Zoo
Ya Ya was artificially inseminated a few weeks ago and Memphis zoo officials are watching her hormone levels to determine whether the procedure was successful.
The insemination caused an initial hormone spike, and now officials are waiting for a second spike. That would be a positive indicator that she’s pregnant. The second spike occurs 60 to 90 days after insemination, which could be as late as June, said Abbey Dane, director of marketing and communications.
If that spike occurs, a birth could happen within 45 days, Dane said.
Ya Ya will be 12 in August. There have been three unsuccessful attempts to impregnate her since her first fertility period at age 6, including a miscarriage in March 2010.
Ya Ya has typically gone into estrus between Thanksgiving and Christmas. Most pandas become fertile between March and May.
“Now she’s on a normal rotation,” Dane said. “Back when she was going into estrus over the holidays, that was abnormal.”
Efforts were made last year to adjust her environment, including the lighting and temperature, in the hopes that her cycle would shift to be more in line with pandas in the wild.
Ya Ya and male panda Le Le came to the Memphis Zoo in 2003 as part of the species conservation plan, on loan for 10 years from the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens.
“The tricky thing is her mom did this too. Her mom operated the same way and here’s Ya Ya,” Dane said. “So there’s always hope. This could be the time. ”
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Post by queenie » Sun Feb 25, 2018 12:34 pm

click all bigger > Memphis Zoo Photos
Nat'l Panda Day ~ & ~ visiting with Liberty Bowl Visitors
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Le Le picked the Super Bowl Winner before the game was played
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Happy Chinese New Year! ~ 2018—Year of the Dog
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In 2018, Chinese New Year begins on February 16th and ends March 2nd
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Post by queenie » Mon Mar 12, 2018 10:09 pm

3 days ago from Memphis Zoo ~
memphiszooOur friends at @memphistravel and @ilovememphisblog stopped by to visit today. Did you catch their live Q&A?
memphistravelWe loved hearing what it’s like to hang out with YaYa and LeLe 🐼
ilovememphisblogPeople can still watch part of the interview in my “Stories”! Thanks so much for having us. :)
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Post by queenie » Sun Mar 18, 2018 12:16 am

~~~~~~~❤️🐼 March 16, 2018~~~~~~~~~
Memphis Zoo ~ Oh, you know, just relaxing cause it’s National Panda Day
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& ~ H A P P Y ~ S T. ~ P A T R I C K ' S ~ D A Y ! ~3/17/18
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Post by queenie » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:26 pm

B L E S S E D ~ E A S T E R ~ T O ~ A L L !
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Post by queenie » Mon Apr 02, 2018 9:30 pm

4/1/18 ~ Caught the Pandas' Cam Easter :rh:
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4/2/18 ~ #1 Fan sitting by, probably Le Le eating boo at window {I saw a young boy sitting by him like that, years ago, one of the times we went to the Memphis Zoo, so sweet} :huggie: ~ #2-4 Panda Walking Along Window With A Fan, Panda All The Way Around The Pole {& lady is still in s'cap outside edge of window on the left} ~ #5 One of my favorite things to see= a small child watching a panda ~ ~ #6 Optimistic Panda looking up :hug:^
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Post by queenie » Tue Apr 10, 2018 8:32 pm

Memphis Zoo Animals in Action Day is THIS Saturday, and is included with General Admission. Want to learn more about how our keepers provide enrichment for our animals? This is your perfect opportunity. Visit the website to learn more, including the full schedule. {7 days ago}
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We'd say Lucille had a cruisin' good time.
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What does that mean at the Memphis Zoo? It means keeping our animals mentally and physically active through enrichment, training, and animal interactions.
Enrichment comes in many forms. For instance cats love scents; pandas like cardboard boxes that hide their favorite treats; and some primates like to create nests with wood wool. Keepers give animals enrichment to help elicit natural behaviors such as foraging, hunting, burrowing, climbing, and nesting – ones that would be the same or similar to that animal’s wild counterparts.
One of the most useful forms of enrichment is training. At the zoo, we use positive reinforcement, which just means animals are given a cue and when they do the behavior they get a reward. Training is voluntary and the animal always has the choice not to participate.
Most behaviors keepers train our animals are to help with their veterinary procedures and check ups. They may be trained to stand on scales, present their feet, open their mouth, go into crates, voluntarily get vaccinations, and be still for ultrasound procedures. Other behaviors are used to build a relationship between a keeper and the animal. These behaviors can be as simple as having the animal vocalize, trade an item from their enclosure for treats, or paint. Many of our animals paint and at the front of the zoo there will be a table where you can purchase a one-of-a-kind piece from one of our animals. All proceeds go towards conservation efforts being done for similar animals in the wild through our Memphis AAZK chapter.
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Post by queenie » Tue May 29, 2018 4:27 pm

5/29/18~Memphis Panda Cam Today~4.53 min

They are eating boo as people come to see them, :grhug: and then the male, Le Le kept eating and a keeper is seen on the right~& then Ya Ya comes and goes down for a nap :offtobed: on her favorite mountain.

:vid: 5/29/18~Memphis Panda Cam Today~4.53 min. < Video link
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Post by queenie » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:51 pm

Friday (October 5) is World Teachers' Day, an occasion to celebrate all those who shape the minds of future generations and help people learn.
"Those who know, do. Those that understand, teach." — Aristotle
World Teachers' Day, also known as International Teachers Day, is held annually on October 5.Established in 1994, it commemorates the signing of the 1966 UNESCO/ILO Recommendation concerning the Status of Teachers, which is a standard-setting instrument that addresses the status and situations of teachers around the world.
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After seeing today was World Teacher's Day, I found this article on it. We probably all have had our favorite teachers in our lives, and we have David Hancock, and all who share about the marvelous nature we enjoy, on this forum, so....
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Happy World Teacher's Day to All of You & since I'm in a thankful holiday mood also..
Happy Columbus Day Weekend
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Happy Thanksgiving Day Canada
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