The Calgary Zoo has poured $100 million into upgrades to their facilities which includes a $30 million state-of-the-art enclosure in the Eurasian exhibit, especially for giant pandas. Years of planning and construction have led to this spring when the attraction is set to open on May 7.
Later this year the pandas will be introduced to their new home travelling from the Toronto Zoo where they have been caring for these animals for the past five years. Er Shun and Da Mao and their cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, will call Calgary home in the next few months.
The Calgary Zoo is expecting a 25% increase in attendance in the first year of the pandas stay. As such the zoo has invested into the facilities and capacity including a new bridge, food concessions, and widened paths.
“Not only is Panda Passage the most unique animal habitat we’ve ever created, but we’ve renovated every corner of the zoo,” said Dr. Clément Lanthier, President and CEO of Calgary Zoo. “It has been a long road. We are very grateful for the support of our community, our members, our sponsors and donors and government. Now we’re ready to reintroduce our community to a transformed world-class zoo that we are all extremely proud of.”