Lan Lan (Chinese: 兰兰; 1969 - September 4, 1979) was a female giant panda[4] born in China. Along with Kang Kang, they were the first pair of giant pandas at the Ueno Zoo,[5] gifted to Japan by China after the normalization of relations between the two countries.[6]

Lan Lan
DiedSeptember 4, 1979[2]
Ueno Zoo, Japan[3]

Lan Lan and Kang Kang caused an immediate sensation when they arrived in Japan. [7] Subsequently, a so-called "panda boom" occurred in the country.[8] In 1974, this pair of giant pandas attracted 7.64 million visitors.[9]

Kang Kang and Lan Lan failed to give birth to babies. In September 1979, 10-year-old Lan Lan died of acute renal insufficiency complicated by uremia, and the fetus was found in its belly during the autopsy. [10]

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  1. ^ "Information about Giant Panda Lan Lan". Panda News. Retrieved 2021-06-11.
  2. ^ Vernon N. Kisling (18 September 2000). Zoo and Aquarium History: Ancient Animal Collections To Zoological Gardens. CRC Press. pp. 315–. ISBN 978-1-4200-3924-5.
  3. ^ "Panda That Was a Gift Of China Dies in Japan". The New York Times. September 4, 1979.
  4. ^ "Japan Mourns Lan Lan, Who Conquered Public". The New York Times. September 5, 1979.
  5. ^ "Feature: Japanese people show rapturous love for giant pandas at Tokyo's Ueno zoo". Xinhua News Agency. 2019-07-13. Archived from the original on July 13, 2019.
  6. ^ "Pandas Mate in Tokyo Zoo". The New York Times. June 5, 1977.
  7. ^ "Xiang Xiang debuts at Tokyo Zoo". People's Daily. December 20, 2017.
  8. ^ "Pandas coming to Ueno part of bigger pattern". The Japan Times. Sep 14, 2010.
  9. ^ "Giant panda cub makes debut in Tokyo". Kyodo News. Dec 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Chinese giant panda's journey to Japan". The Nikkei. Nov 12, 2018.