ATLANTA, GA (WTVM) – The only giant panda twins in the U.S. have officially been named! Their names, Ya Lun and Xi Lun, were revealed at the twins' 100 Day Naming celebration on Dec. 12 at Zoo Atlanta.
The winning names earned more than 11,000 of the more than 23,400 votes cast by panda fans around the world from Nov. 21 to Dec. 4.
Ya means "elegant and Xi means happy. Lun references daughters of Lun Lun and together the names mean Lun Lun's elegant happy daughters.
"We're thrilled to announce two beautiful and meaningful names for two healthy, thriving, 100-day-old giant panda cubs. This is a celebration we share with the City of Atlanta, our longtime partners at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, and with our Zoo Atlanta family, which includes friends and fans from around the world," said Raymond B. King, President, and CEO.
Ya Lun and Xi Lun play important individual roles in one of Zoo Atlanta's longest-term conservation collaborations. Giant pandas represent the Zoo's most significant financial investment in wildlife conservation, with more than $10 million contributed in sustained support for wild giant pandas.
Born on Sept. 3, 2016, the twins are the second set of twins for Lun Lun and the sixth and seventh offspring of Lun Lun and Yang Yang. Their older brothers and sisters, male Mei Lan, male Xi Lan, female Po and female twins Mei Lun and Mei Huan, now reside at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China.