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Giant pandas on the move at Edinburgh Zoo

Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK’s only giant pandas which keepers recently moved to a new enclosure.

The panda pair were relocated to avoid being disturbed by building noise as the former Corstorphine Hospital located next to the Zoo is redeveloped.

Male Yang Guang – which translates to ‘sunshine’ in Chinese – and female Tian Tian – which means ‘sweetie’ – have spent the last month getting used to their new surroundings.

Darren McGarry, Head of Living Collections at Edinburgh Zoo, said: “It was fantastic to see Yang Guang out for the first time and exploring his new home. He was very excited to take a good look around, climb up the nearest tree and get up on the climbing frame.

“Moving the pandas gave us an opportunity to apply what we have learned over the past eight years and make the most of the fantastic natural setting at the top of the hill”.

Tian Tian and Yang Guang needed time to get used to their new surroundings, so outdoor viewing has been opened gradually to the public, to allow the pandas time to become more confident.

Indoor viewing is currently closed as it is a sensitive time within the breeding season. However, the Zoo’s panda cam offers visitors the chance to see how the pair are getting on and take a look at the indoor area of the new habitat.

For more information on visiting go to www.edinburghzoo.org.uk

Giant Panda Yang Guang – RZSS (also main image)

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