Da Mao and Er Shun get cash registers jingling at Toronto’s Zoo

PANDAS1There’s nothing like a giant panda duo to bring in the visitors.  Between May 17 and October 31, Toronto Zoo attendance went up by 32%, with 252,000 more visitors than the same time in 2012.  Retail sales are ahead by $691,000 due to the popularity of panda-oiserie.  This money goes into operations and the Zoo’s species survival programs.  The Toronto Zoo is paying $1-million annually to China’s panda conservation program.  The two bears eat roughly 450 kilograms of imported bamboo weekly, flown in at a cost of $200,000 per year.  Da Mao and Er Shun are on loan for five years, and then they’ll move on to Calgary for another five.

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TORONTO’s Zoo is located in the East End of the city in the rolling hills of the Rouge Valley.  It’s easy to get there – by car, from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road.  Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue.  Large parking lot.  By TTC bus, take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION.  Bus #85 leaves from here, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later.  Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.

ER SHUN & DA MAO SPENT THE DAY MEETING AN ADORING PUBLIC

Giant Pandas, ER SHUN (6 years old) and DA MAO (5 years old), went on display for the first time today, Saturday, May 18.  They did what they do best – eat bamboo and look cute, cute, cute.  <PHOTOS BELOW – DA MAO top, and ER SHUN below>

TORONTO ZOO - Toronto Zoo Hosts VIP Event to Preview Giant Panda

TORONTO ZOO - Toronto Zoo Hosts VIP Event to Preview Giant PandaGETTING TO THE ZOO – TORONTO’s Zoo is located in the East End of the city in the rolling hills of the Rouge Valley.  By car from downtown, take the 401 Eastbound to Exit 389, Meadowvale Road.  Follow the Zoo signs to 361A Old Finch Avenue.  Large parking lot.  By PUBLIC TRANSIT – take the subway (Sheppard Line) to DON MILLS STATION.  Bus #85 leaves from here, and will drop you in front of the Zoo entrance about 45 minutes later.  Along the way, you’ll pass through suburban Don Mills and Scarborough.

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