Today the Zoo held a special ceremony for our panda cubs where VIP’s, special guests, and media were able to meet them for the first time. Thank you Right Honourable, Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada, Luo Zhaohui, Ambassador, Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of People’s Republic of China, Honourable Kathleen Wynne, Premier of Ontario, His Worship, John Tory Mayor of Toronto, John Tracogna, Chief Executive Officer, Toronto Zoo, Raymond Cho, Chair, Toronto Zoo Board of Management, and “Name Our Cubs” partner OMAC and sponsor Cathay Pacific Airways, who all joined us to reveal the names of our cubs.
Giant panda cubs are born blind and weigh only 0.08 to 0.2 kilograms, and are about the size of a stick of butter. They are pink in colour, with short sparse white hair, and are 1/900th the size of their mother, one of the smallest newborn mammals relative to its mother’s size.
The Toronto Zoo has been working with many key partners who have played such important roles in this conservation success story and we are grateful for their continued support.
Currently on loan as part of a long-term conservation breeding program, both giant pandas are at the Toronto Zoo until 2018. The giant pandas will relocate to the Calgary Zoo in 2018.