FedEx Express Canada to Deliver Giant Pandas to Toronto Zoo

FedEx Express Canada to Deliver Giant Pandas to Toronto Zoo 
Er Shun and Da Mao Expected to Arrive in Spring, 2013 
MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO -- (Marketwire) -- 02/28/13 --  
Editors note: There is a video associated with this press release. 
The Toronto Zoo officially announced today that Federal Express
Canada Ltd. (FedEx Express) will donate in-kind air transportation
for a pair of breeding giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, from China
to Toronto in spring 2013, including logistical and ground
transportation support, marking a significant milestone for Canada
and the sixth flight of the "FedEx Panda Express". 
FedEx Express has been selected as official Giant Panda
Transportation Services Provider for the Toronto Zoo giant panda
program, which will also include regular weekly deliveries from
Memphis, TN, of fresh bamboo supplies, the pandas' primary food
source.  
As announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on February 11, 2012, a
cooperative conservation agreement with China will have two giant
pandas spend five years at Toronto Zoo followed immediately by
another five years at the Calgary Zoo, marking the first time in more
than twenty years that a giant panda has been loaned to a Canadian
zoo and a first for a ten year loan from the Chinese government.
Visitors to Toronto Zoo will be able to experience this rare and
graceful species mid-May, 2013 (exact date to determined). The
program will allow Toronto Zoo to contribute to ongoing international
efforts to protect and increase the population of the endangered
giant pandas through investments in research and conservation
efforts. Currently, conservationists estimate that there are
approximately over 2000 giant pandas in the wild.  
"We are excited that FedEx Panda Express will take to the skies
again-this time to deliver two giant pandas to Canada," said Lisa
Lisson, president of FedEx Express Canada. "Members of our
6,000-strong FedEx Express Canada team are honoured to care for this
precious cargo and to be involved in an amazing and important
Canadian milestone."  
"In the spirit of the global preservation efforts of this remarkable
species, our team at FedEx Express is eager to give Er Shun and Da
Mao the VIP reception they deserve," she said. 
FedEx Express is one of the most respected transportation compa
nies
in Canada, with a proven record for safe transportation of giant
pandas across the globe. As Toronto Zoo's Giant Panda Transportation
Services Provider, FedEx Express will be transporting the two giant
pandas, Er Shun (female) and Da Mao (male), destined to Toronto from
Chengdu, China, via a special charter on board a FedEx Express MD-11F
aircraft, specially named "FedEx Panda Express".  
FedEx Express, Toronto Zoo, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant
Panda Breeding have collaborated extensively to ensure all necessary
precautions have been taken to provide a safe and comfortable flight
for the pandas. Animal care experts have been granted special flight
privileges to accompany the pandas onboard the aircraft. Er Shun and
Da Mao are tentatively scheduled to arrive in spring 2013. An exact
date will be announced once the regulatory approvals have been
obtained. 
"FedEx Express has a long standing record of safely transporting
giant pandas in cooperation with international zoological societies
and The People's Republic of China. Toronto Zoo is proud to team with
a global company that has participated in international efforts to
conserve this important species," said Mr. 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." 
FedEx Express has successfully transported giant pandas, including
several shipments of two pandas: 


 
--  China to Paris, France (2012) 
--  China to Edinburgh, Scotland (2011) 
--  Washington, D.C., and Atlanta, USA to China (2010) 
--  China to Memphis, USA (2003) 
--  China to Washington, D.C., USA (2000)  

 
About the Toronto Zoo 
The 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
centre for people of all ages, the Toronto Zoo is open every day
except Christmas, and attracts approximately 1.3 million visitors
each year.  
For More Details On the Toronto Zoo Please Visit www.torontozoo.com,
or to Follow the Toronto Zoo on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/TheTorontoZoo. 
About FedEx Express 
FedEx Express is the world's largest express transportation co
mpany,
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
http://news.van.fedex.com/intl/ca. 
Follow FedEx Express Canada on Facebook:
www.facebook.com/FedExCanada. 
To view the video associated with this press release, please visit
the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tzhnzaEGrbY.
Contacts:
FedEx Express Canada
James Anderson
Media Relations
(905) 212-5372
jcanderson@fedex.com 
Toronto Zoo
Cynthia Shipley
Manager, Public Relations and Events
(416) 392-5938