You may not know this, but The Calgary Zoo is home to a pair of twin giant panda cubs. They’re big, they’re cute, and they’re leaving soon so you need to see them ASAP. The cubs, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, will be moving to the Giant Panda Research Base in Chengdu, China next month and the Calgary Zoo Panda Cub Farewell is being held in their honour.

One of the twins is male and the other is female. According to the Calgary Herald, the panda twins are leaving Calgary because the term of their loan agreement between Canada and China has come to an end.

The twins were born in Ontario and moved to the Calgary Zoo in 2018. Their names, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue, translate to Canadian Hope and Canadian Joy. If that doesn’t bring a tear to your eye, we don’t know what will.

Yes, the Calgary Zoo is holding a goodbye party for a set of panda twins. Yes, we’re in full support. The Panda Cub Farewell will be taking place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily from October 4 to 6. The event will include tons of games and activities, a photo booth, giveaways, and more. Oh, and the pandas will be there.

If you haven’t seen them yet, then we highly suggest you take this final opportunity to witness them for yourself. I mean, they're massive baby pandas that love to lay around, play, eat, and just be unbelievably adorable. There's no room for a bad time there. 

In addition to the festivities, the zoo is making a movie montage of the pandas to commemorate their time in YYC. Anyone who submits photos or videos of the cuties has a chance to win $1000.

Tickets to the Panda Cub Farewell are included with daily admission, so you're welcome to stay and spend the day at the zoo after you say hello and goodbye to Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue.

While you're there, you need to check out the new baby penguin with two dads and the two new lionesses

If you can't wait for the event, then you can watch the Calgary Zoo's live PandaCam to get a little sneak peek of the cuteness you're in for. They are constantly playing, wresting, rolling about, and having a blast.

We are so sad to see the panda cubs go, but we're overjoyed for this exciting opportunity to send them off right. Not only will you get to join in on fun and games at the Panda Cub Farewell, but you'll also get to send the twins off with a personal goodbye note. 

Let's give these babies a party they'll never forget! Prebook your admission online or get your tickets at the door. If there's one thing we know for sure, it's that the Calgary Zoo knows how to throw a party.

Panda Cub Farewell

Price: $29.95

When: Friday, October  to Sunday, October 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day

Address: 210 St. George's Drive NE, Calgary

Why You Need To Go: Say goodbye to the adorable 4-year-old panda cubs before they leave for good at the Calgary Zoo.


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