Archives for category: Giant Pandas

A researcher dressed in a panda costume puts a panda cub into a box before its physical examination at the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in China’s Sichuan province.

The 4-month old cub, the first in the center to be trained for reintroduction into the wild, is monitored by hidden cameras.

Researchers performing the examination wear panda costumes to ensure that the cub’s environment is devoid of apparent human influence.

Zhen Zhen, born at the San Diego Zoo, was transferred to China’s Wolong Panda Base last September.

Xi Lan, Zoo Atlanta
(Note panda breath on enclosure glass.)

Class of ’11, Ya’an Bifengxia Panda Base, China

Zoo Atlanta officials announced today that giant panda Lun Lun, pictured above with cub Mei Lan in 2007, gave birth this morning at 5:39 a.m. in a specially prepared birthing den. Lun Lun was inseminated with sperm from her partner Yang Yang in June after the two failed to mate. The couple’s previous cubs include Mei Lan, born in 2006, and Xi Lan, born in 2008.

Watch Lun Lun care for the newborn on the zoo’s Panda cam.

Beijing Zoo

Every night this week, Channel Five in the UK broadcasts a new episode of wildlife presenter Nigel Marven’s Panda Week. Marven visits China’s Chengdu Breeding Center, seeks out giant pandas and red pandas in the bamboo forests of central China, and pays a visit to pandas born in captivity at the San Diego Zoo.

Find more information here; if you live in the UK you will also be able to view the episodes broadcast so far.

It’s as hot today at Andy’s seaside retreat in Maine as it is in NYC!

Su Lin celebrated her birthday on Monday, August 2 at the San Diego Zoo.

Gao Gao, sire to four cubs born to Bai Yun at the San Diego Zoo, climbed to the top of his enclosure’s tree structure on Sunday, July 25.