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November 11, 1987 |
Forty zookeepers from nine countries gathered Tuesday in Tokyo to find ways to increase the world's dwindling population of giant pandas. Only about 1,000 of the animals are believed to remain in the wilds of central China; about 67 live in zoos.
October 11, 2012 |
WASHINGTON -- Washington, D.C.'s, baby giant panda died of lung and liver damage, the National Zoo said Thursday, citing the high mortality rate for cubs. The lungs of the 6-day-old cub were "poorly developed and likely caused her to have insufficient oxygen," according to a necropsy. The mortality rate for pandas in their first year in captivity is estimated to be 26% for males and 20% for females, zoo officials said. PHOTOS: Rescued animals -- Boots, Feisty, Piper and more "We are working with our colleagues in China to answer questions about giant pandas that will ensure the best care in captivity and that will help bolster the species' numbers in the wild," the zoo said in a statement.
July 7, 2007 |
The National Zoo won't be hearing oohs and aahs over a new panda cub this year. Zoo officials said that the giant panda Mei Xiang was not pregnant after all. Her hormone levels had soared after she was artificially inseminated, then dropped, signaling a cub could be born. But an ultrasound showed no fetus, and zoo officials determined she wasn't pregnant. False pregnancies are common in pandas, and Mei Xiang has had four. Her only cub, Tai Shan, turns 2 on Monday.
December 25, 1987 |
Twenty-six men have been sent to prison for killing and skinning giant pandas in China's southwestern Sichuan province, the China News Service said. The sentences ranged from three years to life. The agency said on Wednesday that the men killed six pandas, a protected species in China, and tried to smuggle their skins abroad for sale. They also skinned 16 pandas that had starved to death because of a shortage of the pandas' staple food, arrow bamboo.
November 30, 1999 |
The Smithsonian Museum of Natural History announced Monday that the body of Hsing-Hsing, the National Zoo's beloved giant panda, will be preserved and go on display early next year. The museum, which was given the panda's skin and skeleton, will put him on display in its rotunda at first, then move him to a prominent place in a new Hall of Mammals that will open in 2003, a museum spokesman said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 1, 2007 |
Bai Yun, the giant panda at the San Diego Zoo, is pregnant, zoo officials said Tuesday. The father is Gao Gao, also at the San Diego Zoo. Bai Yun, 16, has had three cubs at the zoo: Hua Mei in 1999, Mei Sheng in 2003 and Su Lin in 2005. Bai Yun has been taken off exhibit and is expected to give birth within weeks, officials said.
August 5, 1997 |
Zoologists say they have discovered a colony of about 30 giant pandas living in the wilds of northwestern Gansu province, an official newspaper reported Monday. About 1,000 pandas are believed to remain in China, the endangered species' only native habitat. They are scattered among natural reserves in the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. Most of Gansu's giant pandas are found in the Baishuijiang National Nature Reserve, in the southern tip of the province.
August 13, 2001 |
Thirteen pandas in China's southwestern province of Sichuan are likely to give birth in the next few months, the official New China News Agency reported. "According to our experience, 50% of them could be twins, and so there may be 13 to 20 new members in the panda family soon," Zhang Anju, director of the Giant Panda Breeding Technology Committee of China, told the agency. Pandas, found only in China, are an endangered species, with only about 1,000 left in the wild.
April 5, 1997 |
Hsing-Hsing, one of three giant pandas in the United States, has a cancerous right testicle, and veterinarians will remove it in an operation later this month. The cancer was detected during a physical exam conducted after keepers at the National Zoo noticed several problems with the animal--his testicle appeared swollen, he lost weight and he limped on his left leg, zoo officials said. China gave the 26-year-old panda and his mate, Ling-Ling, to the zoo in 1972. Ling-Ling died in 1992.
April 7, 1988 |
Chinese authorities have arrested 203 people for illegal hunting of the endangered giant panda and recovered 146 pelts, representing about one in seven of all pandas alive at the last count, the World Wildlife Fund said Wednesday. "These are shocking revelations," William Reilly, president of the fund's U.S. affiliate, said in a statement.