Cute ‘n’ Kugglee

Today was one of those days where you get to fulfil another of those items that appear on your bucket list. Today we visited Adelaide Zoo to see the Giant Pandas. We didn’t get there until after feeding time but Fu Ni was still chewing away on bamboo shoots but Wang Wang was having a lie down after his meal. The pandas are in different enclosures and leading solitary lives as they would in the wild. They are only brought together when it is breeding season. The breeding season for giant pandas only lasts for 36 hours in which time the female climbs a tree and waits for the attending males to fight over her. When the battles have been settled she descends to mate with the victor. Last year in September they hoped that the pair would mate but in the end they had to resort to artificial insemination. It is not possible to tell if a giant panda is pregnant until two weeks before they are due to give birth. Unfortunately, Fu Ni was not pregnant last year.

Photo of Panda

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Fu Ni

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Fu Ni

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Fu Ni

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Sleepy Wang Wang

Also at the zoo were several pairs of red pandas. These little guys are much more active than their bigger cousins.

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Other exhibits were the Samaritan Tigers

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Meerkats

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Southern Hairy Nosed Wombat

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Sea Lion

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Hippopotamus

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Hippopotamus

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Hippopotamus

This Rock Wallaby will soon be sending her youngster out to work I think

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Plus many other exhibits.

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