This year will be a very exciting time for the Toronto zoo. Two giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao will be arriving from China in the spring, and the zoo is ready for them. They will be here for 5 years, and we hope that they will have some babies.
Breeding pandas is not easy. They have a very short mating period. They are compatible only for 48 to 72 hours. After that they become didinterested. Wild giant pandas are solitary and only come together to mate.
Giant pandas are endangered as are their cousins, the red pandas. Both survive in the same areas and both are in decline due to habitat loss.