Zoo Atlanta’s new giant panda cubs celebrated their 100th day on December 12th with the help of two state-of-the-art incubators donated by Dräger to house them during the sensitive, high-risk days and weeks following birth.
The panda cubs, Ya Lun and Xi Lun, are among only 422 giant pandas in captivity. Drager donated the devices to help with he cubs’ immediate post-natal care. Designed for neonates, Dräger’s incubators can also be used for animals – especially in cases when humidity is crucial for survival. For giant pandas, the days immediately post-birth pose many risks, but Zoo Atlanta utilized Dräger’s incubators to consistently maintain 35°C and 80 percent humidity for the cubs. Today, the twins are healthy and, following an ancient Chinese tradition, the zoo announced their names at the recent 100-day celebration.
Dräger’s incubators provide stable, thermo-neutral zone support for premature and low-birth-weight infants. By offering a microenvironment that is the closest to ideal as possible, the incubators support better outcomes – both in the short- and long-term.
“The team at Dräger has been following the progress of Ya Lun and Xi Lun, and we’re thrilled they’re thriving,” said Merouane Djerbal, Director of Marketing, Dräger. “When we heard that Zoo Atlanta needed incubators that could reach higher temperatures and offer humidity options to ensure the cubs’ wellness, we knew our products would fit those needs. While the incubators are designed for neonates, they provide the temperature, humidity, oxygen, light and sound levels needed to support positive outcomes for these pandas.”