25 Jan '12, 7am

Eco-friendly diet for giant pandas Jiajia and Kaikai: By Qiuyi Tan | Posted: 25 January 2012 1507 hrs SINGAPORE:...

SINGAPORE: Giant pandas Jia Jia and Kai Kai can look forward to an eco-friendly diet of home-grown bamboo in Singapore. The bears are on loan from China for the next 10 years, and are arriving at their new home, the River Safari, in March. In preparation, the Wildlife Reserves Singapore has been growing four different species of bamboo for the past two years. A giant panda eats 20 kilogrammes of food every day, so home-grown bamboo reduces its carbon footprint. Bamboo is being grown in every available spot in the Zoo and Night Safari, and even at the Jurong Bird Park. Mr Melvin Tan, director of Horticulture at the Wildlife Reserves Singapore, said: "We don't use chemicals at all, we recycle animal waste and fallen leaves as mulch. We find they're doing very well, preventing the weeds from competing with the bamboo."

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