World's oldest panda marks 37th birthday at Chinese zoo

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Giant panda Jia Jia officially became the oldest member of the species in captivity in the world at Hong Kong’s Ocean Park Zoo, Tuesday. Her age, 37, is equivalent to 100 in human years, and is more than double the average giant panda’s life expectancy, although animals in captivity usually live longer. Jia Jia's age was authenticated by Guinness World Records adjudicator Blythe Ryan Fitzwilliam in a ceremony at the zoo. Jia Jia has broken two world records: the oldest panda ever held in captivity as well as the oldest living panda currently in captivity. Giant pandas are currently classified on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN) red list as an endangered species.