Da Mao

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Da Mao
SpeciesGiant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)
Born (2008-09-01) September 1, 2008 (age 11)
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding

Da Mao (born September 1, 2008) is a Giant Panda that was born at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.[1] It was born to Fu Wa (mother) and Xiongbing (father). The name Da Mao means "first of Mao", as he was his mother's first born. Da Mao's character traits include being lively, tender and quite a gentleman.

Da Mao was brought to Canada in 2013 as part of a 10-year contract between the federal governments of Canada and China. He and his female counterpart Er Shun would spend five years at both the Toronto Zoo and Calgary Zoo. In May of 2020, the Calgary Zoo requested that both pandas be returned to China due to the difficulty of importing bamboo during the Covid-19 pandemic.[2]

While in Toronto, Da Mao has been the subject of multiple viral videos featuring him playing in the snow. The most popular featured his playful destruction of a snowman,[3] made for him by his keepers for enrichment.


  1. ^ "Toronto panda Da Mao celebrates birthday". Toronto Star. September 1, 2015. Retrieved April 16, 2016.
  2. ^ "Calgary Zoo to ship giant pandas back to China early due to bamboo supply problems". CBC. May 12, 2020. Retrieved May 13, 2020.
  3. ^ "Toronto Zoo Giant Panda vs. Snowman".