Meet the newest panda family at the Calgary Zoo

Published May 3, 2018 | Updated May 4, 2018

Panda Passage opens to the public May 7

It’s been 30 years since Calgary has had visitors quite as big as this. In 1988, the zoo welcomed two pandas, Qun Qun and Xi Xi, to Calgary, and now we have the privilege of hosting four brand new visitors.

Da Mao, Er Shun, and cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, travelled from their tenure at the Toronto Zoo to call Calgary home. The adult pandas will be here for the next five years, and the cubs will stay for about 18 months.

Get to know more about the newest residents at the Panda Passage:

Da Mao

You’ll be able to spot him because he’s the biggest of the four pandas. Da Mao means “First of Mao.” He has bright white fur and is very vocal.

Er Shun

Her name means “Double Smoothness” in Mandarin. You can identify Er Shun by her beige fur (especially on her back) and her more delicate frame. She also has a smaller head than Da Mao.

Jia Panpan

Jia Panpan and his sister were born during their stay in Toronto. Jia Panpan has a broad nose and oval eye patches. His name means “Canadian Hope.”

Jia Yueyue

You can easily recognize the girl cub by her square-shaped eye patches that extend onto the bridge of her nose. Jia Yueyue’s name means “Canadian Joy.” She is curious and loves games and a good challenge.


Starting May 7, you can meet the giant pandas in person! See if you can pick out who’s who.

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