Animals & Attractions

Edinburgh Zoo is home to the UK's only giant pandas. We have a female called Tian Tian who was born on 24 August 2003, her name translates to 'Sweetie' in Chinese. The male is called Yang Guang, he was born 10 days earlier on 14 August 2003 and his name means 'sunshine'.

They are here on a 10 year loan from China.

Location in the zoo

Our pandas can be found in the giant panda exhibit near the zebra. Find out more about visiting the pandas here.

Breeding Programme Category

The giant pandas are managed by the International Stud Book.

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In The Wild

Giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) live in the mountain forests of the central Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu.


Ninety-nine per cent of a Giant panda’s diet consists of different types of bamboo. Pandas will also eat eggs, meat, grasses and vegetables if these are available. Adult Giant Pandas are largely solitary but they do communicate through calls and scent marking and do occasionally meet outside of the mating season.

Female pandas are only able to conceive for two to three days in the spring. This short mating season makes successful reproduction difficult. After a gestation period of five months the female panda will give birth to one or two cubs.

During the first few months of their lives panda cubs are entirely dependent of their mums for survival. They are born blind, hairless and unable to move. Cubs are also tiny, roughly the size of a stick of butter when born. An adult panda is roughly 900 times bigger than a new-born cub.

After six to eight weeks the cubs will open their eyes for the first time and after three months they are able to move around independently. Although cubs will feed on their mother’s milk until they are around one year of age they start eating bamboo at around six months.

Once cubs reach around one and a half to two years of age they will leave their mothers and begin an independent life.

Giant pandas are the rarest members of the bear family and one of the most endangered species in the world mainly due to habitat destruction.

Yang Guang celebrates his 12th Birthday

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The animals at Edinburgh Zoo are loved by so many people. But while we are closed, they are relying on your donations to feed them. 

Did you know we are a charity and receive no government support?  This means that every day, we need to raise £2,000 just to buy the food the animals need.

The good news is we are already part-way towards our target in June. If you can help, your gift to feed the animals will make such a difference to them.

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