Two Giant Pandas will soon be on display at Adelaide zoo. Three year old Wang
Wang and his two year old mate Funi left China in mid-November, bound for a 10
year stay at Adelaide zoo.
To accommodate its new guests Adelaide Zoo has undergone a major construction
project. In addition to the new panda enclosure, the zoo has a new ticketing
area and a function centre known as the Santos Conservation Centre.
Giant Pandas are on the endangered species listing with only 1600 left in the
wild. To protect the species and secure its long term survival, breeding pairs
of Giant Pandas are loaned to zoos outside China. Wang Wang and Funi are a
genetically important pairing and it is hoped that they will breed once they
both reach sexual maturity in 2010.
Adelaide Zoo’s panda enclosure cost $8 million and includes a separate enclosure
and day room for each panda as well as sleeping dens and a nursery.
Native to the high mountains and deep valleys of China, the Giant Pandas will be
kept cool in Adelaide by chilled rocks. Haden Engineering’s Project Manager John
Grimwade said the rocks had chilled water coils constructed from PVC Nitrile
material embedded within the Glass Reinforced Concrete (GRC) rock. Chilled water
enters the rock at 6°C and aims to maintain the surface of the rock at 12°C on a
25°C ambient day.
“When the weather is too warm, 25°C or above, the pandas will stay inside their
day rooms where chilled water air handling units complete with heat recovery
modules air condition the room to maintain a maximum indoor temperature of
18°C,” he said.
To help facilitate the air flow and cooling Fantech supplied a range of products
including five in-line centrifugal fans and two in-line mixed flow fans.
The panda enclosure is due to be opened to the public on 13 December.