Pandas live: Moscow Zoo launches live video stream from Ru Yi and Ding Ding's house

June 19, 2019
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The Moscow Zoo has now eight webcams in pandas' houses installed. Live stream from the Chinese Fauna pavilion, which has recently been inhabited by bamboo bears Ru Yi and Ding Ding, is to start on 1 July. 24/7 webcams are to record feeding, games and training sessions held by keepers. Watch the life of pandas in a special section on the official Zoo website

"It is not enough to spend the whole day at the bamboo bears' open air cage to get acquainted with their unusual habits. Online streams will facilitate the process, providing an opportunity to watch pandas looking for hidden treats, eating fruit ice and play every day. Besides, those who live outside Moscow and cannot visit Zoo will have an opportunity to watch pandas live. Pandas at the Moscow Zoo are a long-awaited event and a great delight for us we certainly wish to share," said Svetlana Akulova, Director General of the Moscow Zoo.

Cameras have been installed so that Ru Yi and Ding Ding could be observed from different perspectives. Now the preparations to start the stream and testing the equipment are underway. At the same time with the live stream from the Chinese Fauna pavilion, bush dogs and maned wolves webcams are to start streaming.

In Russia, only Moscow Zoo boasts giant pandas. Male Ru Yi and female Ding Ding became its inhabitants at the end of April. Animals have been transferred for temporary maintenance from China. They will live at the Zoo for 15 years.  So far, the animals have been settling into there new home, getting used to their spacious cages and visitors' attention. For guests' convenience, the Moscow Zoo has made a special visiting schedule for the Chinese Fauna pavilion.

During the first two hours after the Zoo's opening, 08:00 am till 10:00 am, you may visit bears without prior registration.

But to visit them 10:00 am till 09:00 pm, you need to register on the official Zoo website or at a special counter located on the way to the Chinese Fauna pavilion.

Giant Panda is on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species as Vulnerable. Giant pandas live in some provinces of China, in particular in Shaanxi, Gansu, Sichuan, and in Tibet. Male adults can weigh up to 180 kg, with their body length being 1.2 to 1.8m. Females are a little bit smaller, their weight varies between 50 and 100 kg, and their body length is between 1 and 1.5 m.  Pandas are heavy enough, they have thick white fur, with contrasting black colour on their paws, ears and patches around the eyes.

Pandas are solitary animals. In the wild, every animal has its separate area. Males and females meet for a short period to have their young. Pandas eat bamboo. At Moscow Zoo, they also have carrots, apples and special grain cookies baked at the Zoo.  Life expectancy of pandas kept at zoos can reach 30 years or more.


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