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”.

Finishing touches to the Panda Garden

With construction work very nearly complete, it’s time to get down to the details. The little hideout in the pandas’ outdoor area looks just like a real tree stump, though it’s actually made of concrete. The indoor climbing apparatus is also in place – a smaller counterpart to the large climbing area complete with a swing that stands in Mr and Mrs Panda’s garden.

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Did you know that pandas are perfectly adapted to the food they eat? Giant pandas developed a kind of second thumb to help them grip bamboo shoots, and their oesophagus has evolved a strong lining so that it doesn’t get injured by the bamboo’s sharp edges.

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Pavilion taking shape

The replica of a Chinese music pavilion, from which visitors will be able to observe female panda Meng Meng in her outdoor habitat, is rapidly taking shape. The bright red building is clearly visible from the entrance to the Panda Plaza and from the Elephant Gate, and fits in well with their colour scheme and appearance.

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Panda facts

Did you know that, unlike other bears, pandas don’t hibernate? Instead, when winter comes they simply stroll down from the mountains to lower, cosier altitudes.

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A little bit of China in the heart of Berlin

Zoo Berlin’s Panda Garden provides a new oriental oasis in Berlin. Last week, the imposing red portal was finally erected in the style of a traditional Chinese pagoda. Upon passing through the gate and crossing the stone bridge, visitors enter the heart of the complex – the Panda Plaza.

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Signed, sealed, but not quite delivered yet!

It’s now official: in June 2017, Berlin will welcome two giant pandas from the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Following months of negotiations between Germany and China, today Zoo Berlin was able to celebrate the final signing of the contract. Zoo Director Dr Andreas Knieriem placed his signature at the bottom of the important document in the presence of the Ambassador of China, his Excellency Shi Mingde, and an entire delegation from Beijing and Chengdu. Vice-President of the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA), Li Qingwen, had already signed the contract in China.

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