Born: September 7, 1991, Wolong China
Weight on June 29, 2013: 233.5 pounds
Bai Yun has given birth to six cubs since her arrival at the San Diego Zoo: Hua Mei, Mei Sheng, Su Lin, Zhen Zhen, Yun Zi, and our newest cub, Xiao Liwu. But Bai Yun's own birth was unique as well: it marked the first successful birth of a giant panda at the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in China. She came to the San Diego Zoo on September 10, 1996.
Bai Yun is curious, unpredictable, and mischievous. She enjoys anything scented with cloves or pine and men's cologne!
"High High" or "Tall Tall"
Born: Estimated 1990 in the wild
Weight on June 29, 2013: 174 pounds
Gao Gao had a difficult beginning. An injured young Gao Gao (pronounced gow-gow) was found dehydrated and with the left side of his head bloody where nearly two-thirds of his ear had been torn away. He was taken to China’s nearby Fengtongzhai Nature Reserve and nursed back to health. He came to the San Diego Zoo on January 15, 2003.
Gao Gao is rambunctious, inquisitive, and alert, and loves the variety of bamboo he is offered at the Zoo—keepers say he is a bamboo-eating machine! Gao Gao is the father of Mei Sheng, Su Lin, Zhen Zhen, Yun Zi, and our newest cub, born on July 29, 2012.
"Son of Cloud"
Born: August 5, 2009, San Diego Zoo
Weight on September 11, 2013: 198 pounds
Yun Zi is the fifth cub born to mother Bai Yun and the fourth offspring of his father, Gao Gao. He now surpasses his father in weight and may one day be as large as his famous grandpa, Pan Pan. Watch out, world! We predict great things in store for Yun Zi, and he already has a legion of fans from around the world.
Born: July 29, 2012, San Diego Zoo
Weight on Sept. 17, 2013: 53 pounds
Our sixth cub is currently the smallest Bai Yun and Gao Gao have had, but he has a big hold on the hearts of panda fans worldwide! Xiao Liwu can be seen daily on exhibit was well as on Panda Cam. He is curious and playful and loves to explore!
Born: August 21, 1999, San Diego Zoo
Moved to China February 2004
Hua Mei became the first giant
panda born in the Western Hemisphere since 1990 when she was born at the San Diego Zoo in 1999. In 2004, she went to live at the Wolong
Giant Panda Research Center in China, per stipulations of the Zoo's
research loan with China.
In September 2004, Hua Mei gave birth to twins at the Wolong facility. She had another set of twins in August 2005 and another pair in July 2007. After an earthquake damaged Wolong, Hua Mei was moved to Bi Feng Xia in 2008. She had another cub in July 2009, one in September 2010, one in August 2012, and one in July 2013, making her the mother of 10!
"Born in the USA or Beautiful Life"
Born: August 19, 2003, San Diego Zoo
Moved to China November 2007
Mei Sheng is the second cub to be born at the San Diego Zoo. His mother is Bai Yun and his father is Gao Gao. During his time in San Diego he delighted visitors and Panda Cam viewers with his sweet and playful personality.
Mei Sheng moved to China at age four to be part of the giant panda breeding program. We hear he is doing very nicely there and we are very proud of him!
"A Little Bit of Something Very Cute"
Born: August 2, 2005, San Diego Zoo
Moved to China: September 2010
Su Lin is the third panda to be born at the San Diego Zoo. Her parents are Bai Yun and Gao Gao. At age five, Su Lin moved to the Wolong Nature Reserve Giant Panda Bi Feng Xia Base in Sichuan, China. In 2011, she bred with a wild-born male and soon after was moved to a semi-wild enclosure. On July 7, 2011, Su Lin gave birth to her first cub! She and her cub were returned to the base in October 2011.
Born: August 3, 2007, San Diego Zoo
Moved to China: September 2010
This little gal is the fourth panda to be born at the San Diego Zoo. Her parents are Bai Yun and Gao Gao. The cub received her name from the results of an online naming poll. Zhen Zhen moved to the Wolong Nature Reserve Giant Panda Bi Feng Xia Base in Sichuan, China, at the same time as her older sister, Su Lin. We know they will make us proud!
Born: Estimated 1970s, in the wild
Resided at San Diego Zoo 1996–2003
Died: July 5, 2008, Guangzhou Zoo
Shi Shi was born in the wild in China's Sichuan Province. In March 1992, he was critically wounded, probably from a fight with another male panda. He was rescued and taken to the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center. Because of his injuries, he was not able to be returned to the wild. Shi Shi came to the San Diego Zoo as part of a research loan in September 1996. He provided us the opportunity to learn about caring for an older panda.
Shi Shi fathered Hua Mei through artificial insemination. He returned to China in 2003, where he lived out his final years at the Guangzhou Zoo, passing away on July 5, 2008. Shi Shi will be remembered fondly by all who knew him.