An An (Chinese: 安安; pinyin: ān ān; August 1986 – 21 July 2022) was a male giant panda[1] residing in Ocean Park Hong Kong,[2] a gift from the Central People's Government of China to the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region in 1999.[3] He was the longest-living male giant panda in the world under human care before his death in 2022.[4]

An An
An An in 2004
SpeciesGiant panda
SexMale
Born1986 (1986)
Wolong National Nature Reserve, Sichuan, China
Died (aged 35)
Ocean Park, Hong Kong

Biography

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An An was born in August 1986 in Sichuan, China, and originally lived in Wolong National Nature Reserve, from where he was sent to the Ocean Park in March 1999 as a gift from Beijing to Hong Kong, along with the female giant panda, Jia Jia.[5][6]

In 2017, the 31-year-old An An became the world's longest-lived male giant panda in captivity.[7] Following the death of Jia Jia in 2016, An An continued to live at Ocean Park. His health deteriorated in the last three weeks before his euthanisation and he stopped eating solid foods while feeling lethargic. He was euthanised on 21 July 2022, at age 35 (105 years old in human age[8]).[9][10]

References

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  1. ^ "China's national treasure – Nature" (PDF). Nature. 25 November 2010. Archived (PDF) from the original on 22 July 2022. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  2. ^ "Oldest ever giant panda celebrates with bamboo, veggie cake". Associated Press. 28 July 2015. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  3. ^ Danny Mok (16 October 2016). "World's oldest giant panda Jia Jia put to sleep at Hong Kong's Ocean Park". South China Morning Post. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  4. ^ "Hong Kong's giant panda shows pregnancy symptoms". Xinhua News Agency. 25 July 2020. Archived from the original on 21 August 2020. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  5. ^ "World's oldest panda in captivity put down because of ill health". The Guardian. 16 October 2016. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  6. ^ "World's oldest male giant panda celebrates 31st birthday in H.K." Kyodo News. 1 August 2017. Archived from the original on 2 June 2021. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  7. ^ "Giant Panda An An Turns 31, World's Longest-Lived Captive Male Giant Panda". Wen Wei Po. 1 August 2017. Archived from the original on 6 August 2017. Retrieved 31 May 2021.
  8. ^ Wen, Wang Zhan and Gang (22 July 2022). "Giant panda An An put to sleep at Hong Kong's Ocean Park". Asia News Network. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  9. ^ "Giant Panda An An Passes Away at 35". Ocean Park Hong Kong. 21 July 2022. Archived from the original on 22 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.
  10. ^ Soo, Zen (21 July 2022). "World's oldest male giant panda dies at age 35 in Hong Kong". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 21 July 2022. Retrieved 21 July 2022.