TWO panda cubs were born on 2 August

The birth of TWO panda cubs

Great news at Beauval: not one but TWO panda cubs were born on the night of August 2! They are twins! This is extraordinary news for the conservation of this species, four years after the birth of Yuan Meng, and a joyous occasion for the whole of Beauval!

Cérémonie du Nom des bébés panda - ZooParc de Beauval
Cérémonie du Nom des bébés panda - ZooParc de Beauval
Cérémonie du Nom des bébés panda - ZooParc de Beauval

Les bébés sont nommés !

Yuandudu et Huanlili ! Ce sont les noms officiels des bébés panda géant dévoilés par leur parrain et marraine Kylian Mbappé et Zhang Jiaqi le 18 novembre 2021, lors de la Cérémonie du Nom. Organisé environ 100 jours après la naissance des bébés, cet événement est une tradition en Chine et clôture la période délicate des premières semaines de vie. À présent, il va falloir progressivement dire  « au revoir » à Fleur de Coton et Petite Neige et s’habituer à parler de Yuandudu et Huanlili !

Pour rappel : Yuandudu, Huanlili 圆嘟嘟、欢黎黎
C’est un mix avec le nom des parents Yuan Zi et Huan Huan ! Ils évoquent le souhait d’une croissance saine pour les bébés et symbolisent les liens profonds entre la Chine et la France.

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Huanlili - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval

Huanlili

欢黎黎

Born August 2, 2021
At 01:03 AM
149 g at birth

Weight curve

Saturday, December 4

I’m doing well.
I weigh 6.931kg today. I nursed 1 time from my mother Huan Huan, and drank 1 feeding bottle, drinking 340.6g of milk. Faeces have been observed.

Information

The cub, born on 2 August, is not visible to the public, she is currently resting with her mother and her twin sister in the backstage area. She can be viewed on a screen, located in the “Heights of China” territory at the ZooParc de Beauval.

Yuandudu - Jumelle bébés panda - ZooParc de Beauval

Yuandudu

圆嘟嘟

Born August 2, 2021
At 01:10 AM
129 g at birth

Weight curve

Saturday, December 4

I’m doing well.
I weigh 6.972kg today. I nursed 1 time from my mother Huan Huan and drank 1 time from a feeding bottle, drinking 336.1g of milk. Faeces have been observed.

Information

The cub, born on 2 August, is not visible to the public, she is currently resting with her mother and her twin sister in the backstage area. She can be viewed on a screen, located in the “Heights of China” territory at the ZooParc de Beauval.

Huan Huan and her panda twins - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 02 - Birth of the panda twins - © Eric Baccega
One of the twins warm in her incubator - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 02 - Little panda will grow up! - © ZooParc de Beauval
Huan Huan with one of her little panda in her mouth - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 03 - Huan Huan with one of her little panda in her mouth - © ZooParc de Beauval
Caregiver taking care of one of the panda twins in her incubator - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 04 - Caregivers and vets take care of the panda twins - © Eric Baccega
One of the twins warm in her incubator - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 04 - A well-deserved rest... - © Eric Baccega
Panda twins are 1 week old - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 09 - The twins are a week old... the black and white contrast can be guessed! Like here with Petite Neige - © ZooParc de Beauval
Panda twins are 2 weeks old - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 16 - The twins are two weeks old. The black areas are now well demarcated. We see it here with Fleur de Coton - © ZooParc de Beauval
Panda twins are 3 weeks old - Panda cubs - ZooParc de Beauval
AUGUST 23 - The twins are three weeks old. Fleur de Coton now looks like a real panda - © ZooParc de Beauval
Jumelles panda ont 1 mois - Bébé panda - ZooParc de Beauval
02 SEPTEMBRE - Les jumelles ont 1 mois ! Elles passent plus de temps avec leur mère Huan Huan - © ZooParc de Beauval
Jumelles panda ont 2 mois - Bébé panda - ZooParc de Beauval
02 OCTOBRE - Les jumelles ont 2 mois ! Elles ont ouvert les yeux et ont désormais dépassé les 3 kilos - © ZooParc de Beauval
Jumelles panda ont 2 mois - Bébé panda - ZooParc de Beauval
02 NOVEMBRE - 3 mois pour nos jumelles ! Elles grandissent bien et s'éveillent sur le monde qui les entoure - © ZooParc de Beauval

The every day life of our Twins on screen

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But why is it complicated to breed pandas?

As reproduction in pandas is complex, includes various stages (diapause, end of diapause…), and involves various enigmatic processes (gestation, pseudo-pregnancy), Beauval’s teams have created this film…

The first 12 months of a young panda’s life…

A panda cub grows and matures quickly from the day it is born to its first birthday. Its development is both speedy and fascinating!
Here are a few stages in the growth of this young ursid, including the appearance of its characteristic black hair, learning to walk, its first acrobatic feats, and playing with its mother…

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Panda cub - At birth - ZooParc de Beauval

At birth

It weighs 100 g and measures only ten centimetres long. It is small, blind, and pink, with very little fur. It is unable to move.

Panda cub - One week - ZooParc de Beauval

One week old

Black fur begins to appear on the skin around the eyes, ears, and shoulders.

Panda cub - Three weeks old - ZooParc de Beauval

Three weeks old

Its black fur has fully developed, and the cub is starting to crawl.

Panda cub - Three months old - ZooParc de Beauval

Three months old

It weighs about 5 kg. It can walk about 1 metre and it now has better hearing.

Panda cub - Six months old - ZooParc de Beauval

Six months old

It can run a few paces from the age of four months and enjoys playing and rolling on the ground. At 6 months old, it begins eating bamboo and playing with its mother.

Panda cub - One year old - ZooParc de Beauval

One year old

It weighs about 30 kg and becomes independent.

Huan Huan - Panda - ZooParc de Beauval
Huan Huan - Panda - ZooParc de Beauval
Huan Huan - Panda - ZooParc de Beauval

Who is Huan Huan?

Huan Huan, a female panda, was born on August 10, 2008 in Chengdu, China. When she was about 4 years old, she was entrusted by the Chinese authorities to the ZooParc de Beauval, the aim being for her to give birth to one or more cubs. She and Yuan Zi, the male, arrived in January 2012. This was a fantastic expression of confidence in Beauval’s ability. Five years after her arrival in the “Heights of China” territory, she became a mother for the first time. She gave birth to Yuan Meng on 4 August 2017. This was a joyous moment at Beauval!

Like any panda, Huan Huan has a great zest for life… which essentially consists of eating large quantities of bamboo each day, relaxing, cooling off, and playing. As the panda is a solitary species, Huan Huan lives alone most of the time except for the first few months following the birth of each cub. Being an attentive mother, she looks after her cubs very well until they reach independence at around 2 years old. Huan Huan brings great joy to our visitors who love her expressive eyes and her behaviour which is quite comical at times. Huan Huan, which is written as 欢欢 in Chinese means “welcome and great joy”.

Yuan Zi - Panda - ZooParc de Beauval
Yuan Zi - Panda - ZooParc de Beauval
Yuan Zi - Panda - ZooParc de Beauval

Meet Yuan Zi

Born on 6 September 2008, Yuan Zi, our breeding male, is now 13 years old. He also comes from Chengdu and arrived at the same time as Huan Huan, the female, in order to fertilise her and ensure the continuation of this lineage. Which was accomplished in 2017. Being solitary, the male is only brought into contact with the female during her ovulatory peak, i.e., for 24 to 48 hours per year. This is obviously a very short period.

Like Huan Huan, Yuan Zi enjoys life in his vast, shady, wooded enclosure. He has a hearty appetite and enjoys long naps, sometimes whilst sat at the top of a tree. His name means “the son of the round-headed one” and is written as 圆子 in Chinese. Being very fond of photographers, he will readily pose, allowing himself to be captured in some rather amusing positions. It is not unusual to observe him with his legs in the air and his head lolling back!

Yuan Meng - 1st baby panda born in France - ZooParc de Beauval
Yuan Meng - 1st baby panda born in France - ZooParc de Beauval
Yuan Meng - 1st baby panda born in France - ZooParc de Beauval

Yuan Meng, the youngster

Yuan Meng, the result of the union between Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, celebrated his 4th birthday on August 4th. His birth in 2017 was a huge event as he was the very first giant panda cub born in France, with Beauval being the only zoological park to house giant pandas in France. It also provides a great deal of hope for the conservation of certain threatened species, by showing the world the ability of animal parks to successfully reproduce such animals, however complicated it may be.

Yuan Meng - written as 圆梦 in Chinese and meaning “the fulfilment of a dream, a wish” - is a lively young teenager weighing over 100 kg and is almost fully grown. He lives separately from his parents, as is natural. His days are characterised by long periods of feeding, relaxing, and playing. He thoroughly enjoys using the equipment in his living space such as the slide, perch, and ladder…

Panda arrive at the airport - ZooParc de Beauval
The public was present to welcome the pandas - ZooParc de Beauval
Yuan Meng - 1st baby panda born in France - ZooParc de Beauval
Yuan Meng - 1st baby panda born in France - ZooParc de Beauval

Relive the highlights of the panda saga

In January 2012, the two giant pandas, Huan Huan and Yuan Zi, arrived at the zoo having been entrusted to Beauval by China. It was an event of both national and international significance! Considered as “national treasures” in China, they landed in France with great pomp and ceremony after a special Fedex flight and then arrived at Beauval to the acclaim of the public and the authorities. The level of emotion was overwhelming! Media coverage was also exceptional with no less than 150 journalists awaiting them!

Huan Huan and Yuan Zi quickly became the “stars” of Beauval and the public flocked to see them. Their popularity has remained constant for almost 10 years. In fact, it even intensified with the birth of their first cub, Yuan Meng, born on 4 August 2017! His birth was a first for a French zoo and was widely celebrated both in France and internationally. And four years on, history has repeated itself!