It’s panda party time at Adelaide Zoo as we celebrate the birthdays of Wang Wang and Fu Ni!
Today, Australia’s only Giant Pandas will be treated to an epic birthday bash, complete with birthday cakes, presents, decorations and Wang Wang’s favourite – a bubble bath.
Fu Ni celebrated her 11th on August 23, while Wang Wang will celebrate his 12th birthday this Thursday.
Adelaide Zoo Keeper Connie Girardi said the panda’s birthday celebrations always drew big crowds to Bamboo Forest.
“This is the seventh birthday Wang Wang and Fu Ni have celebrated in Australia and it’s always a lot of fun to be able to share special days like this with such amazing animals,” Connie says.
“No doubt, we will have lots of families visiting Bamboo Forest to watch the pandas enjoy their birthday treats.
“Our wonderful volunteers have created some fantastic enrichment presents to spoil the birthday boy and girl, which they will absolutely love.
“Wang Wang and Fu Ni are both very playful pandas so will have a lot of fun exploring everything; I know Fu Ni will love all of the sweet treats, while Wang Wang will be excited to jump in his bubble bath!”
Visitors will be able to wish the pair a very happy birthday at Adelaide Zoo’s ever-popular Teddy Bears’ Picnic, which coincides with the birthday party.
The fun-filled family event will feature a host of free activities including face painting, free bubbles thanks to AGL Energy, performances from Evelyn Roth’s Nylon Zoo Panda and the City of Adelaide Band, competitions and children’s crafts with Splodge.
Children can even take their teddy bear friends for a quick check-up at the Teddy Bears’ Hospital to ensure they are in the bear-y best of health thanks to Asthma Foundation SA, North Adelaide Dental Care and St John Ambulance.
Wang Wang (Net Net) was born on 31 August 2005 and Fu Ni (Lucky Girl) on 23 August 2006 both at Woolong Giant Panda Research Centre, China and moved to Adelaide Zoo together in November 2009.
For more information, visit the Adelaide Zoo website.