The four giant pandas at the Calgary Zoo can maintain their bamboo-only diets. Staff say: they eat about 1,200 kg of bamboo a week. But the zoo lost its main supplier when Chinese airline Hainan ended its direct flights to Calgary at the end of last month. WestJet stepped forward and is now flying fresh bamboo on its cargo planes twice weekly from Toronto to Calgary. The first shipment of bamboo arrived via WestJet Cargo on Oct. 26 and are set to come every Tuesday and Saturday in the future.
“As Calgary’s hometown airline, WestJet heard about the bamboo challenges and flew into action with the WestJet Cargo team offering to fly the bamboo shipments from Toronto to Calgary twice weekly,” the zoo said in a news release.
“We’re happy we were able to step in and support our friends at the Calgary Zoo through our cargo operations,” WestJet senior commercial manager of cargo Nicolas Saignat said. “WestJet has a great love and appreciation for animals, and we are delighted to be able to assist in providing the freshest bamboo for Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue who currently call Calgary home.”
Photo Credit: Calgary Zoo via Twitter
Our giant pandas love bamboo & we’re thankful @WestJet does too! Our 4 beloved pandas need 1,200kg of fresh bamboo shipped weekly from China & when WestJet heard about our bamboo challenges they offered to fly bamboo shipments to Calgary twice-weekly! https://t.co/e1U0rRziuZ pic.twitter.com/P0VFq8Wnof
— Calgary Zoo (@calgaryzoo) November 7, 2019