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Panda in good health after 5 years in wild

A captive-bred male panda is still in good health after five years in the wild, said the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Panda.

Taotao was two years old when he was released into the wild on Oct 11, 2012. Recently he wandered into Liziping natural reserve in southwest China’s Sichuan Province and was taken in by researchers.

Taotao weighs 115 kilograms and is in good health, the center said. The center said Taotao set a new record in terms of the amount of time an artificially-bred
panda had survived in the wild.

Taotao was the second effort to release a panda to the wild. The first, Xiangxiang, died after fighting with wild pandas for food, about a year after his release in 2007.

The failure compelled scientists and experts to use a training method that focused the panda cub on learning from its mother.

“Taotao lived in semi-wild conditions from a very young age, and learnt from his mother, so there was no human intervention,” said Zhang Hemin, deputy director of the center.

Since 2010, the center has released eight pandas using the method, with seven surviving.

The center will continue to monitor the health condition of the panda.


Exciting news!
On March 31, a wild panda was found in Dachuan, Lushan County of Ya’an.
It was seen drinking water from a brook in Yangkai Village.This is an adult
panda and looks healthy. The panda stayed there around 7 minutes, and then
ran into the forest.


Bao Bao Arrives in China and is Adjusting Well
An American-born panda started settling into her new home Thursday in southwest China where she will eventually join a breeding program.

The 3-year-old landed in the city of Chengdu in Sichuan province last week after a 16-hour flight in a Boeing 777 emblazoned with a picture of a bamboo-eating giant panda. She was accompanied by veterinarian panda keeper Marty Dearie from the National Zoo, which had put on six days of commemorations to mark her departure.

Transported to the nearby Dujiangyan panda breeding base, Bao Bao emerged from her crate looking somewhat timid and curious, but soon settled in with a snack of fresh bamboo, according to a news release from the China Conservation and Research Center for Giant Pandas.

She is said to be adjusting very well and loves the flavor of the Sichuan Bamboo.

Zoo Vienna’s Panda Cubs Get their Names

Twin baby pandas born in August at the Vienna zoo finally have names.
The male is called Fu Ban, meaning Lucky Companion. The female was named Fu Feng, or Lucky Phoenix. About 12,000 people voted from a selection of names.

The pandas were the fourth and fifth cubs born to mother Yang Yang, after Fu Long, Fu Hu and Fu Bao. Schoenbrunn Zoo director Dagmar Schratter said Thursday because Yang Yang’s first cub’s name, Fu Long, means Lucky Dragon, the zoo had already decided to name the new girl after the phoenix. In Chinese mythology, the dragon represented the emperor and the phoenix the empress.


Atlanta’s Second Set of Twins are Both Girls

Twins born to giant panda Lun Lun at Zoo Atlanta two months ago are both female! Born Sept. 3, the twin cubs now weigh more than 4 pounds each and are the second pair of surviving panda cubs born in the United States, with both pairs being female, Zoo Atlanta officials said. The sex of the cubs was confirmed by DNA testing conducted by scientists at the Center for Conservation Genomics at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

“This is always exciting news to be able to share, but what we’re most excited about is that we have two healthy, thriving giant panda twins who have almost reached the two-month mark,” Raymond B. King, president/CEO of Zoo Atlanta, said. “Our giant panda care team and Lun Lun have done a terrific job helping the cubs reach this point.
Tai Shan and His Keeper have a Special Bond
Liu Yi, a 42-year-old panda keeper, has been taking care of pandas for 12 years. She is now responsible for Tai Shan, the star panda that was born in the U.S. and returned to China in 2010.
Liu has full conversations with Tai daily and says some people think she is crazy talking to the panda, but she does not feel that way. Says Liu, “We have this special bond between us. No one can understand him. I feel like I know him and he knows me. I actually do not see him as a panda, but a friend and family.”

To further prove her point, Liu tells a story. “One day last year, I gave Tai Shan a lot of bamboo to eat, so much so that he was completely covered by the bamboo. I asked ‘Tai Shan, where are you?’ He did not move, and I could not see him. I said ‘Tai Shan, I am leaving. I have to see you before I go!’ Suddenly, he pushed all the bamboo aside and looked at me. I said ‘OK, I see you! You can eat now.’ And he went back to eating again.”

She understands Tai’s special needs, his sensitivity to heat and picky eating habits (and temper tantrums) and takes great care of him.
Genda Panda Base Update
After the 2008 earthquake devastated the panda center at Wolong, plans to build a new center were put into place. Amidst setbacks (more earthquakes, floods and landslides being the brunt of those), the center is nearly complete – although the road to the center remains a challenging hurdle. While the new panda base at Gengda is not yet open to the public, it is functioning as an active center.

The base was put into trial operation in 2012, when eighteen giant pandas from the China Giant Panda Protection Research Center in Ya’an Bifengxia base were transferred to Gengda. Today the center houses even more pandas in it’s nearly 60 panda enclosures The base also has a tourist reception center, research office, science education centers, veterinary hospital, wild training area and other support facilities.
1st Spring Release Planned
China will release another captive-bred giant panda into the wild in the spring, according to the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). Hua Yan, a two-year-old female, will be the sixth giant panda bred in captivity to be released into the wild after completing a two-year wilderness training program, said Huang Yan, chief engineer of CCRCGP.

“This will be the first time we have released a giant panda in spring. This is part of a wider program to introduce more captivity-bred pandas into the wild to diversify the gene pool,” said Huang. Previously, pandas were released in late autumn or early winter, the time when wild young pandas usually leave their mother to live independently. “The ‘panda-going-into-the-wild’ project is at a very early stage, and we need to send pandas back to nature at different times to work out the best time for release,” said Huang. “Plus, we believe a female will be more welcomed by wild pandas when they are in heat,” he said.
Hua Yan lives in the wilderness training reserve at Tiantai Mountain in Sichuan, along with another three pandas who are being trained. All the candidates are in good shape despite it being the coldest winter in a decade.
With all of the attention Bao Bao and Bei Bei have been getting, the Washington Post took time out to revisit the Smithsonian Zoo’s 1st superstar cub – Tai Shan!
DUJIANGYAN PANDA BASE, CHINA – At a villa perched on a lush hillside here, the giant panda that sent Washingtonians into a frenzy spends his days on the other side of fame. Now 10, Tai Shan is a hulking grown man by panda standards, but he’s still up to his boyish antics.
Panda officials say it may be time for Tai Shan to enter the breeding pool. He is on the older side for breeding, but some male pandas are late bloomers in this department, said Zhang Hemin, director of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. He runs the Dujiangyan base and others in China. We will see what this season has in store for him
Three years ago, Bai Yun gave birth to her sixth tiny, squawking cub. Barely the size of a Twinkie, Xiao Liwu (pronounced jhou lee woo), or “Mr. Wu,” as he was nicknamed, still exemplifies the meaning of his Chinese name: little gift. Now, as an adolescent bear, he tips the scale at about 134 pounds, which is a bit on the small side for a young male panda, but his father Gao Gao is also on the petite side. His legions of followers, admirers, and keepers are still charmed by Mr. Wu-and the “little” bear is a big hit on Panda Cam and in person.
The San Diego Zoo recently published an full article about this beloved bear, complete with gorgeous images and a behind the scenes look at his life so far. His keepers say “Wu Bear” has been a very independent, mellow cub, adding that he has a bit of a daredevil streak. “He goes down trees headfirst and has the little scrapes on his head to show for it,” said Kathy Hawk, senior keeper. But he is no worse for wear! The little bear also has a slight reddish brown hue to his signature black fur, with small white patches on his lower back legs. Now that our “little gift” has turned three years old, he may reveal “a new set of behaviors and energy bursts,” according to Anastasia Jonilionis, panda narrator and keeper at the Zoo. “Not much fazes him, and for the most part-from a keeper’s point of view-he has been the easiest cub to work with.”
On Dec.28th, 2015, China Giant Panda Conservation & Research Center was founded in Wolong Panda Base.Lots of governmental officials attended this grand ceremony.The Research Center will give instructions on the global work for the protection and scientific research of the giant panda.
Panda Released into the Wild
The panda, Huajiao, was released into the wild of Liziping Nature Reserve, Shimian ,Sichuan. This is the 5th giant panda, from Wolong Panda Research Center, which has been released into the wild. Huajiao, a female, was born in Hetaoping Base on July 6, 2013. She’s been well-trained there.

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The Netherlands will Soon be Home to Two Pandas

Two Giant pandas in a field with a tree and grass

Two Giant pandas in a field with a tree and grass

China is lending two giant pandas to the Netherlands, foreign affairs minister Bert Koenders said recently. The minister was speaking in Beijing on the second day of a state visit by king Willem-Alexander and queen Máxima. The loan is ‘a sign of the special bond between China and the Netherlands’, the minister told Dutch media. The loan is definitely a sign of close ties between the two countries, but the Netherlands has been pushing for it for some time. The pandas will be housed at Ouwehands Zoo in Rhenen, but it is not yet known when they will arrive. ‘It depends on the preparations, including the building of an enclosure for them,’ a spokesman told the Volkskrant. Junior economic affairs minister Sharon Dijksma says she has signed an agreement with the Chinese forestry commission for the two animals. She says it offers the opportunity for working together on other animal protection programs. The two pandas that will be going to the Netherlands are Wu Wen and Xing Ya.

Wild Panda Twins Found
On Oct. 21,2015, a picture of wild panda twins
was taken through a camera set on the Niutou(Ox Head)
Mountain of Wolong Nature Reserve.In the picture, panda twins are playing with each
other. It’rare to see wild panda twins!
Feng Yi Has a Cub


Feng Yi (aka Liang Liang) from Zoo Negara gave birth on August 18, 2015. Feng Yi has only been at Zoo Negara for a little over a year making this a historic birth. No cub has been born at a zoo in this short amount of time. Congrats to Zoo Negara and to Feng Yi!

Zhen Zhen Has Twins

Zhen Zhen gave birth to twins on Saturday, August 8 at the Bifengxia Panda Base. Zhen Zhen was originally born at the San Diego zoo to Bai Yun and Gao Gao on August 3, 2007. She went to China in 2010.

Ximei Has A Cub
On July 26th, 2015, Ximei gave birth to a single cub.
This cub was born at Hetaoping. A gender and weight
are not known.

Wild Pandas Found In Baoxing

On July 30th, 2015, 2 wild pandas were seen walking aross the road in Mahuanggou Valley, Baoxing , Sichuan.
According to locals, recently many beekeepers are herding honeybees which produce lots of honey giving off
good smell attracting wild pandas.Also, some beeherders found their honey eaten by wild pandas.

Panda Twins Born
Exciting!On the early morning of June 22, 2015, Mother Panda,Kelin
gave birth to twins in Chengdu Panda Breeding Base.They are
the first global panda twins this year.
The results of the 2013 Wild Panda Census
have just been released by the State Forestry Administration

According to the Administration, as of the end of 2013, the wild panda population has reached 1,864 – an increase of 16.8% over the 2003 census numbers. Wild panda habitat was measured at 2.58 hectares, an 11.8% increase. While the increase can be tied to conservation efforts on the part of the Chinese government over the last decade, it is also important to note that the survey area for this most recent census was substantially larger than the 2003 survey area, which could attribute to the higher numbers.

One thing that is certain is that the panda population is far from safe. Even if the population of wild pandas is actually increasing, panda habitats are being increasingly fragmented by roads, railways, dams and mines. The survey shows that although their total habitable area has increased in the past decade, pandas now dwell in 33 isolated populations separated by insurmountable physical barriers – up from 15 in the last count. Twenty-two of these populations each have less than 30 individuals and are at high risk of extinction.