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June 12, 2019
Bureau of Construction, Tokyo Zoological Park Society

Events to Mark Giant Panda Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday at Ueno Zoological Gardens

The Ueno Zoological Gardens (Yutaka Fukuda, Zoo Director) will hold various events to mark giant panda Xiang Xiang’s 2nd birthday on June 12, 2019, and report on her steady growth.

Picture of Xiang Xiang

Xiang Xiang prepares for a bowel movement

1. Xiang Xiang’s Dung: A Record of Her Growth


Tuesday, June 11 – Sunday, June 30, 2019


Under Aesop Bridge in the West Garden


Using samples of Xiang Xiang’s dung taken by the zoo, this event aims to look back at Xiang Xiang’s growth.
By observing how Xiang Xiang’s dung has changed as she matured, visitors can learn how important bowel movements are as an indicator of growth and health.

2. Special Spot Guide Presentation to Mark Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday

Date and time:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Registration closed) [To be cancelled in the event of inclement weather]


Under Aesop Bridge in the West Garden


Members of the Tokyo Zoo Volunteers Docent Group* will give an explanation using actual samples of giant panda dung. The scent of giant panda dung is a bit unusual because the animal’s diet mainly consists of bamboo. Visitors are invited to smell the dung samples and think about what the scent tells us about the panda’s diet and habitat.

*Note: Docents serve as guides at museums, art galleries, and other facilities, and help provide explanation on exhibits. Zoo docents are involved in educational activities, including serving as “Spot Guides” who explain about the animals to zoo visitors.

Presentations on the giant panda are offered every Wednesday.

3. Video to Mark Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday to be Released Online

Start date/time:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 (9:30 a.m.)


A video looking back at Xiang Xiang’s growth from age one to two will be available on the official web site of Ueno Zoological Gardens( External link ).

4. Original Goods to Commemorate Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday

Date available:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019


Zoo gift shops


Original goods to commemorate Xiang Xiang’s 2nd birthday to be sold.
*Due to limited quantity, items may sell out.
*Limits may be set as to the number of items each customer can purchase.
*Actual items may be different than shown.

Original goods - image 1

Smartphone case

Original goods - image 2

Hangable towel

5. Special Menu Items to Celebrate Xiang Xiang’s 2nd Birthday

Start date:

Wednesday, June 12, 2019
*Available until sold out.


Zoo food shops


Special menu items to celebrate Xiang Xiang’s 2nd birthday to be sold.

Image 1, limited-time menu

Chilled Chicken Tempura Udon Noodles (Available at: Bird Song in the East Garden)

Image 2, limited-time menu

Panda Climbing a Soft Ice Cream Tree in a Special Commemorative Cup (Available at: Bird Song in the East Garden)

Image 3, limited-time menu

Chilled Salty and Citrusy Udon Noodles (Available at: Free break area in the West Garden)

6. Map of event locations

Map of event locations

Inquiries (Assistance in Japanese only)

             Tokyo Zoological Park Society (Public Interest Incorporated Foundation (PIIF)), Ueno Zoological Gardens
Phone: 03-3828-5171 until 5:00 p.m.
Management Section, Park Division, Bureau of Construction
Phone: 03-5320-5365


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