Xi Lan

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Xi Lan (simplified Chinese: 喜兰; traditional Chinese: 喜蘭, meaning: "Atlanta's joy") (b. August 30, 2008) is a male giant panda cub currently residing at Zoo Atlanta. He is the son and second offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yang. He is the brother of Mei Lan, who was born at Zoo Atlanta in 2006; Po, born at Zoo Atlanta on November 3, 2010; and twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, born at Zoo Atlanta on July 15, 2013.

Xi Lan was born at Zoo Atlanta on August 30, 2008,[1] and is the only panda cub born in the United States in the year 2008. As with Mei Lan, Zoo Atlanta announced that the public would be able to vote for the cub's name. Twelve selections were made and on December 8, 2008, the winning name, Xi Lan, was unveiled at his 100-day naming ceremony.[2]

Finalists in the panda cub naming poll[3]
Name Meaning Submitter
Xiao Laoxiong, 小老兄 “little buddy” Giant Panda Keepers
Xiao Nan, 小男 “little man” Zoo Atlanta Staff and Volunteers
Hua Sheng, 花生 “peanut” Zoo Atlanta Members
Xi Lan, 喜兰 “Atlanta's joy” Zoo Atlanta Board of Directors
Wei Sheng, 伟生 “greatness is born” Zoo Atlanta Myspace Community
Shu Shu, ?? “kind and gentle” B98.5 FM
Wei Li, 伟力 “large and strong” 92.9 Dave FM
Ling Li, 伶俐 “alert and quick” VIVA 105.7FM
Shenshi Lan, 绅士兰 “Atlanta's gentleman” Star 94FM
Li Lan, 力兰 “Atlanta's strength” V103FM
Fu Mei, 福美 “handsome happy boy” Chengdu, China
Mei Chuan, 美川 “handsome Sichuan boy” Chengdu, China

Xi Lan made his public debut on December 30, 2008.[4]


  1. ^ "New Giant Panda cub born at Zoo Atlanta". Zoo Atlanta. August 30, 2008. 
  2. ^ "Xi Lan is name of Atlanta's newest cub". MyFoxAtlanta.com. December 8, 2008. 
  3. ^ "Zoo Atlanta: Vote to name the giant panda cub!". Zoo Atlanta. Archived from the original on December 20, 2008. 
  4. ^ "Zoo Atlanta's Giant Panda Cub Is Named Xi Lan". Zoo Atlanta. December 8, 2008. Archived from the original on December 9, 2008. 

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