Welcome to our Panda Blog

The zoo is in full-blown panda fever and plenty of visitors and zoo fans are just as excited as we are. The animals are only pandas in Germany, making them a real Zoo Berlin highlight. In this blog we will collect all panda information and keep your updated with all the latest news surrounding “Project Panda”.

Panda facts

Did you know that a panda needs to eat for at least 12 hours a day? Although panda bears have the jaws of a predator, they are herbivores whose diet consists almost exclusively of low-energy bamboo.

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Grey matter

Last week the panda building site was invaded by a huge green arm, whose purpose it was to spit out the liquid concrete exactly where needed.

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Panda facts

Did you know that the giant panda has almost holy status in China? Thanks to intensive conservation efforts, the species’ numbers have gone back up in recent years to around 2,000.

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Bring on the concrete!

On the construction schedule this week are the strip foundations and the excavation of the base plate for the indoor habitat of the male panda. The first stage involves digging the foundation trenches. Then the formwork is installed and filled with concrete. This is how we will see the foundations of the panda house taking shape step by step.

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Panda facts

Dod you know that female pandas are only fertile once a year for a maximum of 72 hours? The chances of the right partner being in the right place at the right time are low. That is why baby pandas are such a rarity.

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Excitement over panda negotiations

Zoo and Tierpark Director Dr Andreas Knieriem and Chairman of the Supervisory Board Frank Bruckmann report back on the successful negotiations during their visit to China from 13 to 17 October.

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Make way for the crane!

Building work is moving forward in leaps and bounds. The former deer stalls have now been dismantled and transported off site, and a few trees have been felled in the area where the new panda villa is to be built – some of them were already hollow or rotten.

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Plans unveiled for our panda paradise

Next summer, Zoo Berlin will finally welcome a new panda couple. A large habitat is currently under construction on the site of the former deer park that will offer these rare animals a modern home to meet all their needs. Since Chancellor Angela Merkel’s official confirmation of the project in autumn 2015, plans with Berlin architecture firm dan pearlman have been in full swing. The architects have plenty of experience in the field, as they also designed the Panda World that opened at South Korea’s zoo and theme park Everland Resort in spring of this year.

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