for the pandas is lots of work. Milton Tierney, 52, who has
nearly 20 years of
experience as a zookeeper, and driver Jody Taylor, 56, arrive armed only
with lopping shears. They survey the grounds for a few moments before they begin, searching for an area
where the stalks are green and leafy. Then they begin lopping. Before hauling
the bamboo back to the truck, they may have to trim the stalks, which can
be more than 20 feet tall. Because the bamboo leaves are so
full, someone has to press them down before they're put on the truck, which Taylor is doing
above (bottom right).
have collected enough bamboo, the staffers return to the zoo, where they wash
and unload it into the storage shed behind the
panda exhibit. There, small sprinklers mist over the bamboo continually,
ensuring that it stays fresh until the pandas get their paws on it.