Category: Press releases

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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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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Berlin’s panda plan is taking shape

What variety of bamboo do Giant Pandas like best? And just how thick do these rare bears like their bamboo stalks to be? Chairman of the Supervisory Board Frank Bruckmann and Zoo Director Dr Andreas Knieriem learned about things like this on their trip to China from 13 to 17 October. The mission of the journey was to conduct final contract negotiations in Beijing with the China Wildlife Conservation Association (CWCA) and the State Forestry Administration (SFA) and to pay a visit to the panda breeding station in Chengdu.

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A panda paradise at Zoo Berlin

An eye-catcher for visitors and a home for our black-and-white bears: the first draft for the design of the new panda habitat has been decided. The design was drawn up by architectural firm dan pearlman and should please pandas and visitors alike. Across this spacious and lusciously green complex, visitors will be able to observe the pandas interacting with their new surroundings – which are closely modelled on the animals’ natural habitat. The panda facilities include a building that will house the animals as well as an air-conditioned storage room for bamboo, a kitchen for food preparation, and a treatment room equipped like a standard veterinary practice for health checks. The published draft gives an initial impression of how it will look. Construction work on the panda facilities is scheduled to commence in late 2016.

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A young panda couple will be coming to Berlin Zoo

On 26th April, Zoo Director, Dr Andreas Knieriem, and Head of Zoology, Dr Ragnar Kühne, travelled to Beijing along with Kieran Stanley, Director of the architectural firm dan pearlman Experience Architecture. The aim of the trip was to begin talks on relocating a panda couple to Berlin.

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