We first announced back in August 2021 that Singapore’s first Giant Panda Cub was born to Kai Kai (then aged 13) and Jia Jia (then aged 12) – via artificial semination after seven attempts since first mating back in 2015.
Two years later, this cute little guy Le Le- who now weighs 65kg – has become one of the most popular animals to visit at Giant Panda Forest in River Wonders.
Le Le Turns Two
Today, August 14, the panda care team at River Wonders threw Le Le a special second birthday celebration. The birthday cub can be seen opening his presents, enjoy a buffet of special treats, alongside a large bamboo cake, and playing among a confetti of straw, hay, and wood shavings.
Interestingly, Le Le is expected to gain full separation from his mom Jia Jia in the coming months. This means that the Giant Panda Forest exhibition will be shared between them. The public will see Le Le from 10am to 2pm and Jia Jia from 2pm to 6pm.
The Animal Care team have been empowering Le Le to live separately from his mother in a new private den. Already, the cub is showing signs of independence like eating, resting, and playing. Since Giant Pandas are solitary animals, independence is just part of the natural growing up process, and mother pandas will eventually reject their cubs.
Wonderfully, visitors can enjoy ongoing Le Le Turns Two celebrations at the park until September 10.
Kai Kai and Jia Jia were River Wonders main attractions after arriving in 2012, on a 10-year-loan from Chengdu in China. This loan has been extended for another five years. Each panda’s name has a connection with China.
To learn more about Giant Panda Cub Le Le and his Panda parents, visit the Mandai website.
📍 80 Mandai Lake Road Singapore 729826