“The Toronto Zoo is proud to team with a global company that has participated in international efforts to conserve this important species," said John Tracogna, CEO, Toronto Zoo. "This is a strategic collaboration that will continue to strengthen and grow over the next five years, during the giant pandas' stay at the Toronto Zoo."In addition, FedEx is collaborating with the Memphis Zoo to ensure the pandas have the food necessary for a healthy and plentiful diet. Bamboo harvested locally by the Memphis Zoo provides food for its own giant pandas, Ya Ya and Le Le, and will be delivered to the Toronto Zoo via FedEx Express two to three times per week. The Memphis Zoo will send multiple species of bamboo to determine which varieties Er Shun and Da Mao prefer to eat. Experts say adult giant pandas eat an average of 100 pounds of bamboo per day, necessitating the frequent deliveries. Memphis Zoo horticulture team members will cut roughly 700 pounds of bamboo per shipment, mostly from their 10-acre bamboo farm at Memphis’ Agricenter International, and immediately refrigerate the stalks to keep them fresh. FedEx will then collect the bamboo, and fly the stalks to Toronto. “We not only have a successful giant panda program at the Memphis Zoo, but we also have an abundance of bamboo thanks to the warmer climate,” said Dr. Chuck Brady, president and CEO of the Memphis Zoo. “Donating our expertise and resources, with the help of FedEx, reinforces the strength of our new zoo partnerships, and helps further the ongoing research designed to protect and breed these endangered animals.” “FedEx Panda Express” History The upcoming panda shipment marks the sixth flight of the “FedEx Panda Express.” Past deliveries of giant pandas include:
- China to Paris, France (2012)
- China to Edinburgh, Scotland (2011)
- Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, Georgia, to China (2010)
- China to Memphis, Tennessee (2003)
- China to Washington, D.C. (2000)
About the Toronto ZooThe Toronto Zoo is Canada’s premier zoo, and a leader in animal preservation and environmental protection. More than a tourist attraction the Toronto Zoo boasts a number of leading programs for helping animals and their natural habitats—from species reintroduction to reproductive research. A world-class educational center for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day except Christmas, and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors each year. About FedEx Express FedEx Express is the world’s largest express transportation company, providing fast and reliable delivery to more than 220 countries and territories. FedEx Express uses a global air and ground network to speed delivery of time-sensitive shipments, by a definite time and date with a money-back guarantee. About FedEx Corp. FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) provides customers and businesses worldwide with a broad portfolio of transportation, e-commerce and business services. With annual revenues of $43 billion, the company offers integrated business applications through operating companies competing collectively and managed collaboratively, under the respected FedEx brand. Consistently ranked among the world’s most admired and trusted employers, FedEx inspires its more than 300,000 team members to remain “absolutely, positively” focused on safety, the highest ethical and professional standards and the needs of their customers and communities. For more information, visit news.fedex.com.