North York boy donates bamboo to Toronto Zoo's pandas

Community Nov 15, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Basil Liu didn’t want to see the bamboo that was planted in the backyard of his North York home over the summer die when cold temperatures set in.

So, the 11-year-old Don Mills Middle School student – who is enrolled in the CyberARTS program – wrote a letter to the Toronto Zoo, asking if the bamboo could be donated to help feed the four giant pandas.

“Since winter is coming, they will all die,” the handwritten letter said, in part. “I don’t want them to go to waste.”

Much to Basil’s delight, the zoo responded. Employees of its nutrition centre helped the family harvest the crop, picking up 50 bamboo stalks at their Don Mills Road and Steeles Avenue area home to deliver to pandas Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan, and Jia Yueyue.

“I was really surprised and excited,” Basil said of the zoo’s response, adding he had a chance to visit the pandas during a recent school trip.

The zoo praised the young boy for his actions.

“Basil took the initiative to support conservation with a donation of his very own fresh bamboo to the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo,” Toronto Zoo nutritionist Jaap Wensvoort said in an email. “The giant pandas are fed a diet that consists of fresh bamboo, leaf eater-biscuits and apples. Fresh bamboo is 96 to 98 per cent of the giant panda’s diet and they are offered between 93 to 141 pounds of bamboo each day. Thanks to Basil for providing the giant pandas with over 50 stalks of bamboo that was grown and harvested from his family’s backyard.”

Basil’s mom, Jian Wang, said she began growing bamboo in the backyard eight years ago, as it reminded her of growing up in the mountains of southern China.

“I’m so happy (Basil) could do something,” she said.

Da Mao and Er Shun arrived at the Toronto Zoo in March 2013, as part of a 10-year giant panda loan to Canada from China. Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue were born at the zoo in 2015.

The foursome will head to the Calgary Zoo in March 2018, where they will live until 2023.

North York boy donates bamboo to Toronto Zoo's pandas

50 stalks of bamboo harvested from Basil Liu's backyard

Community Nov 15, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Basil Liu didn’t want to see the bamboo that was planted in the backyard of his North York home over the summer die when cold temperatures set in.

So, the 11-year-old Don Mills Middle School student – who is enrolled in the CyberARTS program – wrote a letter to the Toronto Zoo, asking if the bamboo could be donated to help feed the four giant pandas.

“Since winter is coming, they will all die,” the handwritten letter said, in part. “I don’t want them to go to waste.”

Much to Basil’s delight, the zoo responded. Employees of its nutrition centre helped the family harvest the crop, picking up 50 bamboo stalks at their Don Mills Road and Steeles Avenue area home to deliver to pandas Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan, and Jia Yueyue.

“I was really surprised and excited,” Basil said of the zoo’s response, adding he had a chance to visit the pandas during a recent school trip.

The zoo praised the young boy for his actions.

“Basil took the initiative to support conservation with a donation of his very own fresh bamboo to the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo,” Toronto Zoo nutritionist Jaap Wensvoort said in an email. “The giant pandas are fed a diet that consists of fresh bamboo, leaf eater-biscuits and apples. Fresh bamboo is 96 to 98 per cent of the giant panda’s diet and they are offered between 93 to 141 pounds of bamboo each day. Thanks to Basil for providing the giant pandas with over 50 stalks of bamboo that was grown and harvested from his family’s backyard.”

Basil’s mom, Jian Wang, said she began growing bamboo in the backyard eight years ago, as it reminded her of growing up in the mountains of southern China.

“I’m so happy (Basil) could do something,” she said.

Da Mao and Er Shun arrived at the Toronto Zoo in March 2013, as part of a 10-year giant panda loan to Canada from China. Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue were born at the zoo in 2015.

The foursome will head to the Calgary Zoo in March 2018, where they will live until 2023.

North York boy donates bamboo to Toronto Zoo's pandas

50 stalks of bamboo harvested from Basil Liu's backyard

Community Nov 15, 2017 by Fannie Sunshine North York Mirror

Basil Liu didn’t want to see the bamboo that was planted in the backyard of his North York home over the summer die when cold temperatures set in.

So, the 11-year-old Don Mills Middle School student – who is enrolled in the CyberARTS program – wrote a letter to the Toronto Zoo, asking if the bamboo could be donated to help feed the four giant pandas.

“Since winter is coming, they will all die,” the handwritten letter said, in part. “I don’t want them to go to waste.”

Much to Basil’s delight, the zoo responded. Employees of its nutrition centre helped the family harvest the crop, picking up 50 bamboo stalks at their Don Mills Road and Steeles Avenue area home to deliver to pandas Da Mao, Er Shun, Jia Panpan, and Jia Yueyue.

“I was really surprised and excited,” Basil said of the zoo’s response, adding he had a chance to visit the pandas during a recent school trip.

The zoo praised the young boy for his actions.

“Basil took the initiative to support conservation with a donation of his very own fresh bamboo to the giant pandas at the Toronto Zoo,” Toronto Zoo nutritionist Jaap Wensvoort said in an email. “The giant pandas are fed a diet that consists of fresh bamboo, leaf eater-biscuits and apples. Fresh bamboo is 96 to 98 per cent of the giant panda’s diet and they are offered between 93 to 141 pounds of bamboo each day. Thanks to Basil for providing the giant pandas with over 50 stalks of bamboo that was grown and harvested from his family’s backyard.”

Basil’s mom, Jian Wang, said she began growing bamboo in the backyard eight years ago, as it reminded her of growing up in the mountains of southern China.

“I’m so happy (Basil) could do something,” she said.

Da Mao and Er Shun arrived at the Toronto Zoo in March 2013, as part of a 10-year giant panda loan to Canada from China. Jia Panpan and Jia Yueyue were born at the zoo in 2015.

The foursome will head to the Calgary Zoo in March 2018, where they will live until 2023.