Time is working out for folks to see the one big pandas within the UK as preparations are made for them to depart Edinburgh Zoo and return to China.
Yang Guang and Tian Tian’s enclosure will likely be shut off from 30 November as officers prepared the pair for his or her lengthy journey house in early December.
The pandas, arrived in Scotland in December 2011 as a part of a 10-year settlement between Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) and the China Wildlife Conservation Association, which was later prolonged by two years because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite efforts at breeding, feminine Tian Tian, whose title means Sweetie, has not produced a cub throughout her time in Edinburgh with Yang Guang, whose title means Sunshine.
RZSS chief government David Field mentioned: “With greater than 1,000,000 species prone to extinction and our pure world in disaster, Yang Guang and Tian Tian have had an unimaginable impression by inspiring tens of millions of individuals to care about nature.
“That added interest in the pandas’ departure this year has allowed us to connect many more people with the conservation causes that RZSS is actively involved with, and with nature more generally.”
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He added: “Through scientific research by our expert veterinary and keeper teams, working alongside the University of Edinburgh, we have made a significant contribution to our understanding around giant panda fertility, husbandry, and veterinary care – which has been of real benefit to efforts to protect this amazing species in China.
“It is encouraging that lately the outlook for big pandas within the wild has improved, which supplies actual hope for the long run.”