Got Bamboo? The Giant Pandas at the Memphis Zoo Want It!

The Memphis Zoo’s giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le love bamboo. In fact, bamboo makes up 99% of their diet. They are also notoriously picky eaters, which means they often change their minds about what species of bamboo they will eat, which parts of the plant they want and from where it was harvested. The best way to stay ahead of their finicky habits is to have a wide supply of bamboo sites to harvest.

How You Can Help the Memphis Zoo

Mid-South residents can help keep the giant pandas at Memphis Zoo full and happy by donating bamboo growing on private property.

Anyone who has bamboo growing on their property can go to to register as a potential donor.

The Bamboo Donor Process

Memphis Zoo employs a team of five people to locate and harvest bamboo from various properties around the five county metropolitan area. We harvest 365 days a year, rain or shine. We currently have donors in Memphis, Millington, Arlington, Lakeland, Shelby County, Fayette County and DeSoto County.

After registering on, a member of the Zoo’s bamboo team will contact the potential donor to set up a site visit. The Zoo will cut some samples for our pandas to try. If the pandas accept the new bamboo, the crew will contact the donor to arrange harvesting.