Mei Lun and Mei Huan are turning 1!
Wednesday, July 9, 2014
Birthday week begins for America’s only twin pandas on July 12
ATLANTA – July 9, 2014 – America’s only twin giant pandas turn 1 on July 15, 2014, and fans from near and far are invited to watch and celebrate as Mei Lun and Mei Huan mark the milestone at two special events on Saturday, July 12, and Tuesday, July 15.
The week kicks off with a day dedicated to the duo on July 12, three days before their birthday. Mei Lun, Mei Huan and their mother Lun Lun will enjoy gift boxes while guests enjoy mini-cupcakes from Cherry on Top Delights, take home commemorative birthday buttons, and leave well-wishes for the cubs. Giant panda mascot Zhu Zhu will be on hand for meet-and-greets throughout the event. Activities will take place from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; cupcakes and buttons will be available while supplies last.
On their big day on July 15, Mei Lun and Mei Huan will enter their habitat to find two handcrafted ice cakes. Specially designed by the pandas’ caregivers, the cakes will feature bamboo, fruit and other frozen panda goodies. The cubs will begin enjoying – or destroying – their birthday surprises beginning at 10:45 a.m. At 2:30 p.m. on July 15, viewers around the world are encouraged to tune into a celebratory Google+ Hangout on Air as giant panda keepers offer firsthand recollections of their favorite moments from the twins’ first year.
Born at 6:21 p.m. and 6:23 p.m. on the evening of July 15, 2013, Mei Lun and Mei Huan were the first giant pandas born in the U.S. in 2013 and are the only pair of surviving giant panda twins ever born in the U.S. The cubs are the fourth and fifth offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yang; their older brothers, Mei Lan and Xi Lan, and older sister, Po, now reside at China’s Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
In lieu of gifts, panda fans are encouraged to support a special appeal geared toward the twins’ first birthday. Visit zooatlanta.org/twinbirthday to donate or to learn more, and stay tuned to PandaCam presented by EarthCam for peeks at the birthday fun.