Checking In With Our Large Pandas!


The Memphis Zoo has been dwelling to Ya Ya and Le Le for nearly 20 years. Once they arrived in 2003, Le Le was 5 years previous and Ya Ya was 3 years previous. They each have very distinctive personalities which have developed through the years!

Each of our pandas, in addition to all the opposite animals underneath our care, are underneath fixed supervision of our veterinary workers, knowledgeable animal care workforce, and analysis workforce. Regarding the rising concern for Ya Ya’s look, Director of Animal Packages, Courtney Janney, says that “she appears to be like somewhat bit totally different than what you’d take into account your stereotypic, very sturdy big panda. She’s all the time been a smaller framed, petite bear who carries her weight somewhat otherwise.” Each Janney and Dr. Felicia Knightly, the Memphis Zoo’s Senior Veterinarian, say Ya Ya appears to be like completely “regular Ya Ya” contemplating her age and measurement. We now have monitored and evaluated Ya Ya for the final eighteen years and he or she is following the precise biking and weight sample she all the time does. Ya Ya is presently in a horomonal season the place she spends practically 23 hours a day sleeping, which suggests she’s not consuming as a lot meals as a result of she doesn’t want the additional power. Nonetheless, as we transfer out of summer time Ya Ya will get up and beginning consuming extra – like she all the time does!

The Memphis Zoo big pandas are on mortgage from China on 10-year contracts. Ya Ya and Le Le got here to Memphis in 2003 with a renewed contract in 2013. In 2023, the 2 big pandas can have been with us for 20 years. We now have a superb relationship with our companions in China and we’re in constant communication with them relating to the well being and well-being of Ya Ya and Le Le.

The Memphis Zoo is honored to have the chance to have big pandas in our care and particularly watch Ya Ya and Le Le develop up. Many zoo visitors bear in mind once they arrived and have grown up with the pandas. We hope you all proceed to help the Memphis Zoo and our love for our two big pandas. Belief within the ardour and care from our zookeepers and veterinary workers to all the time prioritize the well being and high quality of lifetime of our animals.

Article by: Jessica Faulk


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