The red pandas’ favourite food of Golden Bamboo will be harvested in selected locations across Ku-ring-gai by Taronga Zoo staff. The agreement between Ku-ring-gai Council and Taronga Zoo is widely seen as a ‘win-win’ for the pandas and the local environment.
Golden Bamboo is considered an invasive species in Ku-ring-gai and the fast-growing plant can displace other native vegetation and become a nuisance. However Golden Bamboo is also the favoured food of Taronga Zoo’s red pandas, with Zoo staff constantly looking for new sources of the tasty plant.
Taronga Zoo has twelve red pandas and Golden Bamboo is the only bamboo species they eat. The Golden Bamboo harvested in Ku-ring-gai will also help supplement the diet of giant pandas.
Under the agreement signed last week, Taronga Zoo staff will harvest local supplies of Golden Bamboo from public land in suburbs such as Pymble, Roseville, Turramurra and Wahroonga. Even the Moree Street car park at Gordon will be the target of selective harvesting by Zoo staff.
Mayor Jennifer Anderson said the agreement was the first of its kind between Ku-ring-gai Council and the Zoo.
“We’re very happy to be able to support the feeding program and at the same time, reduce the amount of bamboo growing on council owned land”.