Since two giant pandas, Kan Kan and Lan Lan, were gifted to the zoo in 1972 pandas have always been the most adored animal at the Ueno Zoo.
Their distinctive black-and-white coat and playful behaviors are what make these bears the visitors’ favorite. There are currently two giant pandas, Ri Ri and Shin Shin, which arrived at the Zoo in 2011. The giant pandas are endangered species: approximately 1,800 wild pandas inhabit Sichuan, Xianxi, and Gansu provinces of China, in bamboo forests at 1,300m-3,500m high. The Ueno Zoological Gardens runs the Giant Panda Conservation Support Charity to promote reproduction and conservation of the animal.