This May, Calgary is welcoming a Giant Panda family to the Calgary Zoo! Two adult pandas – Er Shun and Da Mao; as well as two panda cubs – Jia Panpan (Canadian Hope) and Jia Yueyue (Canadian Joy).
During their time in Calgary, the giant pandas will stay at Panda Passage, an exclusive, newly constructed habitat that has taken over the old elephant enclosure. The new habitat includes water features, hot and cool rocks, elevation, lush greenery and indoor, humid, quiet spaces.
The two adult giant pandas are on loan from China for a ten year period as part of a breeding program. They have now finished their first five years at the Toronto Zoo where they had their first two cubs. They will spend the next five years here in Calgary, while in a year the panda cubs will head back to China to begin anew.
The Pandas have been settling in for the past month and are enjoying their new home. Each panda eats about 40 kilograms of bamboo per day, this means that a couple times a week bamboo is flown in from China on a commercial flight. There are nine varieties of bamboo for the pandas to choose from, each panda usually has its own specific taste. Bamboo is 90% of their diet, so bringing in the correct food is a big part of the panda care.
Calgary’s Panda Passage at the Calgary Zoo opens to the general public on May 7, 2018.
Spring is afoot and its exciting to watch the snow disappear and ready to get outdoors to enjoy warmer temperatures and greener views. However, with the changing of season from winter to spring, comes the need for some TLC around the exteriors of properties to help them recover from the impact of Old Man Winter.
To maximize first impressions of your property, here are a few tips on what to look at as the snow melts away:
- Taking time to complete periodic checks around the grounds make sure that garbage trapped under ice and snow has been picked up and that all exterior areas look tidy. This is a great opportunity to get a jump on cleaning up the leaves that may have missed from the fall and gravel that has accumulated from the city streets. Curb appeal is a big draw for spring renters and prospective purchasers!
- Make sure to have to look at gutters and eavestroughs. Lots of maintenance issues can result from temperature swings and heavy snow. The gutters should be inspected to make sure that there are not broken and any debris that has accumulated, cleaned out, and downspouts attached and directed away from foundations … with spring … comes spring showers and this is a great opportunity to take preventive measure to avoid flooding.
- With the extended cold temperatures experienced and fluctuations in conditions, its is recommended that at minimum a visual inspection of the foundations, driveways, etc.,. is done. Checking these areas helps to investigate potential problems before they get worse.
- Winter storms can leave a nasty residue all over the glass and looking out or in a dirty window can bring anyone’s mood down, especially when the sun starts shining through. A clean and sparkling view is a great mood lifter.
These tips may not seem that exciting compared to plans to set out patio décor and planters, but a few moments of prevention can go a long way to maintain curb appeal for the satisfaction and enjoyment of all residents.
Congratulations to Emerald Management & Realty Ltd.’s resident manager of the month for March 2018: Jeanette H.
Jeanette does an outstanding job with all of the monthly tasks expected. She goes above and beyond her duties to ensure cleanliness, safety, and organization for the condominium property located in the community of Mount Royal in Calgary, Alberta.
Jeanette embodies all the traits set forth by Emerald and the Condominium Board: integrity, reliability, and promptness. Jeanette’s work has been noticed by owners and tenants alike. She consistently keeps detailed logs for maintenance and upkeep on the property. Jeanette keeps the property neat and tidy, as well as during the winter you can often find her outside chipping ice from the sidewalks and driveways.
Jeanette keeps the property in picture perfect condition, which makes residents proud to invite family and friends over to visit and does this by keeping the outdoor spaces and common areas tidy and in good repair. She exceeds the expectations of current owners and tenants and helps positively influence the decisions of potential new owners.
From all of us at Emerald Management & Realty Ltd., – Congratulations Jeanette!