Bamboo Plantation now open
October 9, 2012 § Leave a comment
Next to the famous giant panda enclosure, after visitors have met the black and white pair they can wander into the new bamboo garden. This small working nursery is packed with 250 bamboo plants and contains five different species of tried and tested bamboos that are known to be Sunshine and Sweetie’s favourites.
This beautiful garden explains the story of bamboo – from its many uses, to how it grows. Even the perimeter fence is made of bamboo poles that pandas Sweetie and Sunshine have discarded.
Eventually the working nursery will feed the two giant pandas, although its main goal is as an extra panda visitor attraction. Incredibly it represents only 1% of the pandas total bamboo supply each year! A larger off show bamboo nursery will be developed onsite next year that will make a much greater contribution to panda’s daily diets.
Simon Jones, gardens manager for the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, said:
“This is a lovely wee nursery that converts an area of the Zoo into a place where people can get an idea of how much bamboo Giant Pandas consume, whilst being immersed with a feeling of seclusion from the rest of the Zoo.
“It represents the conclusion of the Panda experience as the visitor has been led through an area of Chinese plants, seeing our beautiful Giant Pandas up close, then culminating by walking through an area that shows their foodstuff, how it grows and a demonstration of the versatility of bamboo. It is a testament to the hard work of many individuals within the Zoo”
After many hours of cultivating this beautiful new bamboo garden, gardens manager Simon Jones put the finishing touches to the green feature with his three year old daughter yesterday.