Madrid zoo welcomes two new pandas

Female giant panda Zhu Yu at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Female giant panda Zhu Yu at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Female giant panda Zhu Yu at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Female giant panda Zhu Yu at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Male giant panda Jin Xi at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Male giant panda Jin Xi at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Male giant panda Jin Xi at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Male giant panda Jin Xi at Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

From left to right: Director of the Madrid Zoo Aquarium Ricardo Esteban, Mayor of Madrid Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, former Spanish Queen Sofia, CEO of the Parques Reunidos Group Pascal Ferracci, and Chinese ambassador to Spain Yao Jing, attend a ceremony for the two new pandas at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

From left to right: Director of the Madrid Zoo Aquarium Ricardo Esteban, Mayor of Madrid Jose Luis Martinez-Almeida, former Spanish Queen Sofia, CEO of the Parques Reunidos Group Pascal Ferracci, and Chinese ambassador to Spain Yao Jing, attend a ceremony for the two new pandas at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Former Spanish Queen Sofia holds a giant panda doll during an official ceremony at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

Former Spanish Queen Sofia holds a giant panda doll during an official ceremony at the Madrid Zoo Aquarium in Spain on May 30, 2024. /CFP

A pair of giant pandas made its debut at Madrid Zoo Aquarium with an official ceremony attended by authorities and experts from both China and Spain.

Male Jin Xi, born on September 1, 2020, and female Zhu Yu, born on October 25, 2020, will be spending 10 years at the zoo under the China-Spain giant panda conservation program.

The pair arrived in Spain on April 29 and have completed a month-long quarantine period. Their Chinese caregivers from Chengdu will spend a few more months with them to ensure their smooth relocation and adjustment to their new life.

Madrid Zoo Aquarium received its first pair of giant pandas from China in 1978. In February, the park bid farewell to a panda family of five, when the pandas returned home to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in southwest China’s Sichuan Province.