From Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a 4-year-old female giant panda “Meng Meng” and a 7-year-old male giant panda “Jiao Qing” arrived safely in Berlin, Germany on June 24, 2017. This means that after five years of absence, the Germans would once again see pandas in their home country. The two pandas were rented by Germany for 15 years.
According to the information provided by the Berlin Zoo, the footprints of giant pandas can be traced back to the “Bao Bao” and “Tian Tian” presented as gifts to the Federal Republic of Germany by the Chinese Government in 1980. The female of this pair of pandas, Tian Tian, unfortunately passed away in 1984, leaving Bao Bao continuing his single life in Berlin.
In 1995, the Berlin Zoo rented the female panda “Yan Yan” from China. Unfortunately, before the death of Yan Yan in 2007, the zoo’s efforts to help her conceive several times have always been in vain.
In 2012, the oldest (34-year-old) male captive panda in the world, Bao Bao, came to the end of his life. So far, there have been no more giant pandas in Berlin Zoo and throughout Germany.
To welcome the two giant pandas, the Berlin Zoo spent 10 million euros renovating the new panda pavilion. Chinese President Xi Jinping and German Chancellor Angela Merkel attended the opening ceremony of the Panda Pavilion.
In view of the popularity of giant pandas in Germany, the Berlin Zoo has also opened a “Panda Blog” section on its official website to update the latest development of giant pandas in Berlin. At the beginning of the column, it was already stated that the Berlin Zoo was experiencing a “fanaticism about giant pandas”.