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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.
December 27, 2012 |
Shangri-La Hotels dig nature, especially pandas. That's one reason the company began planting bamboo trees this month in China's Sichuan province for a new giant panda center that will rescue ill or elderly wild pandas. Eventually hotel guests at Shangri-La Hotel Chengdu will be able to visit the center, scheduled to open in mid-2013, to learn more about the animals. "We wanted to find an innovative way to contribute to saving giant pandas. Through planting bamboo, the panda's food source, we are proud to make a lasting, sustainable, high-impact contribution," said Patricia Gallardo, director of corporate social responsibility and sustainability for Shangri-La International Hotel Management.
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.
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.
October 20, 1994 |
A drowning giant panda was rescued by villagers from a river in China's southwest Sichuan province and has been named after its rescuers, the New China News Agency said Wednesday. Woodcutters jumped into the Dadu River on Oct. 3 and pulled the struggling panda to the bank using ropes and poles after sighting a floating "stump-like thing," the agency said. They then warmed up the animal with their own clothes.
January 13, 2003 |
Two red pandas were found dead inside their exhibit at the National Zoo, and three employees who went inside the enclosure fell ill. Zoo officials are investigating whether rat poison used at the zoological park may have played a role. The adult male red pandas, about the size of large house cats, are unrelated to the giant pandas.