1100 kilograms of bamboo per week
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As the Calgary Zoo recently opened its doors to ‘’Panda Passage’’, a newly built bamboo forest habitat, visitors have the great opportunity to get in touch with four lovely pandas. Part of this community are adult bear Da Mao and Er Shun, as well as Er Shun`s cubs Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue. The pandas are on loan from China as part of a 10-year agreement between China and Canada. As these bears are one of the most iconic conservation species it is the zoo`s hope to raise the awareness of the need for protections of forest habitats and remind us that the need for wildlife conservation, here and around the world, has become an inevitable issue.
To satisfy the desire of the hungry bears for their favourite food, the zoo contracted Kuehne + Nagel Calgary to manage the customs brokerage and finally deliver 1100 kilograms of bamboo per week. From harvest to habitat it will take about 48 hours for the bamboo to arrive at Panda Passage from China and will be flown on commercial flights in order to minimise environmental impact. The bamboo has been ethically and sustainably harvested and specifically chose for its quality and quantity. Arriving twice a week, the bamboo will be stored in a specially designed coolers at Panda Passage to guarantee freshness and ready supply for the pandas. Kuehne + Nagel is proud to be part of this hands-on effort to protect the global panda population.