FedEx Makes Historic Panda Delivery to Toronto Zoo

  FedEx Makes Historic Panda Delivery to Toronto Zoo

          Er Shun and Da Mao Arrive at Toronto Zoo Via FedEx Express

Business Wire

MISSISSAUGA, Ontario -- March 25, 2013

FedEx Express, the world’s largest express transportation company, has safely
delivered two giant pandas from China to the Toronto Zoo following months of
preparations and public anticipation.

Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada signs for the pandas.
(Photo: Business Wire ...

Right Honourable Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada signs for the pandas.
(Photo: Business Wire)

The giant pandas, breeding pair Er Shun (female) and Da Mao (male), made the
journey from Chengdu, China, to the FedEx Express Canadian Hub at Toronto
Pearson International Airport, aboard a specially branded MD-11 aircraft
donated by FedEx.

The pandas arrived at 10:47 a.m. EDT after an 18 hour flight. FedEx Express,
the Toronto Zoo, and the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
collaborated extensively to ensure all necessary precautions were taken to
provide a safe and comfortable flight for the pandas. Animal care experts were
granted special flight privileges to accompany the pandas onboard the
aircraft.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper was airside to officially sign for Canada’s
receipt of the giant pandas on a FedEx PowerPad handed to him by Lisa Lisson,
president of FedEx Express Canada.

“Today is significant for Canadians as it marks an important symbol of trade
and diplomacy between our country and China. As the world’s global
transportation leader, FedEx understands first-hand the opportunity and
potential that comes with strengthened relationships and improved global
connectivity—all of which is wrapped into the symbolism of today’s delivery,”
said Lisa Lisson, president, FedEx Express Canada. “As excited as we are about
facilitating this exchange between Canada and China, I can attest that all our
6,000-strong team of employees, from coast-to-coast, are as eagerly excited
about the prospects of a giant panda cub being born on Canadian soil.”

Following the arrival of FedEx Panda Express, Er Shun and Da Mao were
transported by two FedEx Express trucks to Toronto Zoo where they will begin a
five-year stay before transferring to Calgary. The specially-branded FedEx
Express trucks will stay in service throughout the giant pandas’ stay in
Toronto, delivering 600 to 900 kilograms of fresh bamboo supplies two-to-three
times a week, courtesy of the Memphis Zoo.

As announced by Prime Minister Stephen Harper on February 11, 2012, the
cooperative conservation agreement with China marked the first time in more
than twenty years that a giant panda has been loaned to a Canadian zoo. The
agreement also marked the first time the Chinese government has granted a
ten-year loan of breeding giant pandas to any international zoo in the world.

Following a brief but mandatory quarantine, the giant pandas will be on view
to the public at a newly-constructed, state-of-the-art giant panda exhibit at
the Toronto Zoo sometime in mid-May (exact date to determined). The program
will allow the 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 just over 2,000 giant pandas left in the wild.

"We are honoured to have giant pandas, Er Shun and Da Mao, arrive at the
Toronto Zoo and look forward to the opportunity of contributing to the
survival of this beautiful species for generations to come," said John
Tracogna, CEO, Toronto Zoo. "The Toronto Zoo is thrilled to join the small
group of countries and highly respected zoo organizations outside of China
that have the conservation and research programs, professional expertise, and
facilities to provide excellent care for a breeding pair of pandas."

FedEx Express has successfully transported a number of giant panda pairs,
underscoring the company’s commitment to safely and securely transporting even
the world’s most precious cargo:

  *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 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 $44 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.

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Contact:

FedEx Express Canada
Media Relations
James Anderson, 905-212-5372
jcanderson@fedex.com
or
Toronto Zoo
Manager, Public Relations and Events
Cynthia Shipley, 416-392-5938
 
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