Vastavam web: Two giant pandas in China will be taken to Berlin zoo from southwestern Sichuan province for a 15-year research mission. Meng Meng and Jiao Qing will be accompanied on Saturday by two Chinese keepers, Berlin Zoo’s senior vet, 1,000 kilograms of bamboo and large number of biscuits.They both were born at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. Berlin zoo has been preparing for their arrival since October.
“We have built new enclosures in an area of 5,500 square meters, neighbouring the oldest enclosures, built for antelopes and giraffes in 1871,” said Andreas Ochs, a senior veterinarian at the zoo.The zoo has planned a 1,000 square-meter outside enclosure for each panda and a 250 square-meter inside area, as well as room for treatment, storing bamboo and quarantine.To better host the pandas, the zoo has sent a team to China to learn specific skills to care for them.China has gifted three pandas to Germany since the early 1980s. Bao Bao and Tian Tian were the first panda couple in Berlin Zoo, though Tian Tian died in 1982.
Bao Bao remained alone until Yan Yan was loaned to the zoo in 1995 to breed. However, breeding attempts were unsuccessful despite trying artificial insemination seven times.Thirty-four-year-old Bao Bao died in Berlin in 2012, as the oldest male panda in the world