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Pandas in the United States
National Zoo Brings in Breeding Expert from China
February 1, 2011
The Panda mating season began at the National Zoo for the third consecutive year for Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. The two Pandas have not been able to produce a panda cub since Tai Shan was born in July of 2009. Tai Shan now resides at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, China.
Mei Xiang and Tian Tian
In accordance with the new Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement, reproductive experts from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong and experts from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will collaborate on the breeding plan for Mei and Tian for 2011 and 2012. Tang Chunxiang, the Chinese Center's chief veterinarian, flew here last week to work with the Zoo's panda team."
In the months to come, specialists at the zoo will determine if the artificial insemination procedure has worked in helping Mei Xiang to become pregnant . The zoo originally tried to see if the Pandas would mate naturally and after it was determined they had not, the specialists , including Dr. Tang, decided to artificially inseminate Mei Xiang. Using ultrasound and checking hormone levels in a few months will help determine if Mei Xiang could bring the National Zoo another cub.
San Diego Zoo's Favorite Baby Panda is Being Weaned from His Mother
February 2, 2011
San Diego's Panda cub Yun Zi is now 18 months old and his mother as well as the zoo has begun the process of weaning him from his mother, Bai Yun. The zoo is separating the two Pandas during the morning, closing the gate between the two of them and even Yun Zi's mother has refused several of his nursing requests. The process is a slow one but eventually the two Pandas will no longer associate with one another. Pandas normally are solitary creatures unless it is during the breeding season. Both Pandas seem to be enjoying their own space with having more room to roam and not having to share food. Soon enough the gate will close between the two Pandas for the last time
Chinese Experts Arrive in Taiwan to Help Pandas Mate
February 7, 2011
Two experts from the Wolong Giant Panda Breeding Center arrived in Taipei to help Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan mate. "We hope the Pandas can mate in the natural way. If that fails or if we are not sure if their mating is successful, we will try artificial insemination" spokesman Chao Ming-chieh said. The two experts will stay in Taipei for several weeks until it is known whether the two Pandas were able to mate successfully or if artificial insemination is needed.
Better Hearing, Stronger Hind Legs Could Help Pandas with Breeding,
February 17, 2011
Panda experts believe that if Pandas had better hearing and stronger hind legs it could help them to mate and conceive naturally. "Panda pairs should be trained properly to recognize the unique, 'baa-ing' like bleating sounds from their spouse in heat," said Huang Yan, a panda expert with the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Wolong, Sichuan. Pandas should also be exercising more in order to gain more strength and stamina in their hind legs which are extremely important for mating naturally.
In China the Pandas have not quite yet reached their breeding season yet. Tang Chunxiang, the center's senior vet, expected breeding to start in late February or early March.
Meet Po, a Giant Panda With a Very Short Name
February 16, 2011
Zoo Atlanta's newest Panda cub was named on Tuesday. Instead of having a contest, Po was named after the character in the recent film, "Kung Fu Panda II." "Today's announcement is the beginning of an amazing alliance between Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation. Our organizations share a commitment to giant panda conservation, particularly at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding," said Raymond B. King, president and chief executive officer of Zoo Atlanta. "We are proud and honored to share this moment with Jack Black, who has already helped to bring the importance of saving this species to a new generation of conservationists."
Pandas Around The World
Chinese Giant Pandas Arrive in Japan
February 22, 2011
Xian Nu and Bi Li arrive in Japan late Monday evening after traveling for from the Sichuan province in southwest China. The Panda pair are the first set of Pandas China has lease to Japan since Ling Ling passed away three years ago. Xian Nu and Bi Li are both five years old and will be on display at the Ueno Zoo sometime in March..
Enchanting Baby Panda in Vienna
February 9, 2011
A five and a half month old baby Panda is mesmerizing the public at Vienna's Schönbrunn Zoo. Fu Hu meaning "lucky tiger" weighs 10 kilograms and is becoming more curious and brave as he gets older. He is now climbing trees and wandering around his enclosure instead of staying in the maternity den where he was born. Fu Hu was born on August 23, 2011 after his parents Yang Yang and Long Hui mated naturally. It is extremely rare for a Panda to be born in captivity after a natural mating.
Men in Bear Costumes Release Pandas into Wild
February 21, 2011
On Sunday, Cao Cao and her cub were released into a semi-wild environment in China's Wolong Nature Reserve by conservationists dressed in Panda costumes. The conservationists wore costumes to minimize the impact of human contact with the Panda Bears. The Pandas are watched daily through hidden cameras in order to make sure humans keep their distance from the Pandas. Pandas International provided scent stopping undergarments for the staff further reducing the chance of any human characteristics impacting the pandas.
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