Singapore’s first Giant Panda cub, Le Le, is fast outgrowing his nursery and is ready to make his debut in the main exhibit.
The panda baby is now almost seven months old, weighing in at a whopping 15.86kg (as of 8 Mar). Jia Jia continues to be a dedicated and protective mother and keeps close tabs on her firstborn as he curiously explores his new environment.
Le Le’s official first day out in the exhibit was marked by the unveiling of his information board at the Giant Panda Forest, officiated by Deputy Prime Minister and Coordinating Minister for Economic Policies, Mr Heng Swee Keat, together with the Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Mr Hong Xiaoyong; Chairman of Mandai Park Holdings, Mr S Dhanabalan; Deputy Chairman of Mandai Park Holdings, Mr Tan Chuan-Jin; and Group CEO, Mr Mike Barclay.
To prepare for Le Le joining mom in the exhibit, some degree of ‘baby proofing’ was necessary. Anticipating the curious cub will explore the grounds and get his paws on the various elements within the habitat, the animal care team assessed the space and removed any potential risks to ensure his safety. A key modification was draining the water area, which is now filled and padded with leaves and pine bark chips.
Aside from being able to spend quality time with Jia Jia throughout the day, Le Le also enjoys exploring his new space independently to continue his spirited adventures in climbing and investigating every area of their exhibit. He has even tried his paws at enrichment devices, all under mom’s watchful eye.
In celebration of this exciting milestone, panda-themed activities are available for you to join in the festivities.