August 28, 2001 |
From the outside, there appears to be a panda baby boom going on in China. Three mothers each have given birth to twins. If 10 other females come through, this could be one of the best recent years for the endangered species. But the mood is hardly euphoric at one breeding ground, the Wolong Giant Panda Protection Research Center in Sichuan province. "This is definitely not a harvest for us," Zhang Guiquan, deputy director of the center, said by telephone.
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.
July 14, 2000 |
He sits like a Buddha and goes through bamboo leaves like a lawn mower. He is giant panda Chuan Chuan, and he has no clue that his keepers at the Shanghai Zoo are sweating bullets over the rising cost of his favorite chow. "At this rate, there will definitely not be enough food by next year," said Chen Guoliang, the giant panda's caretaker. "We are paying the higher price now, but there's no way we can sustain it."
July 24, 1999 |
Dudu, the world's oldest giant panda in captivity, has died in a zoo in central China's Hubei province, the state-run New China News Agency said Friday. Hot summer weather might have contributed to the 37-year-old panda's death Thursday in Wuhan, the agency said. She also suffered from epilepsy and had been monitored 24 hours a day by a team with emergency medical equipment, it said. The average life span of a wild giant panda is about 15 years, and pandas in captivity live for 25 years.
February 6, 1999 |
His handlers gave it their all--blood transfusions, emergency oxygen and a new mate--but one of China's most popular giant pandas has died, the official New China News Agency reported. Zhai Zhai, whose age of 28 was equivalent to more than 70 human years, fell ill last week at the zoo in the northeast port of Tianji. Zookeepers thought Zhai Zhai had become lonely after his mate died in 1992, so last month they introduced him to a 16-year-old female panda.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 2, 1987 |
San Diego Zoological Society officers will soon head to China in quest of a pair of giant pandas, after being invited by the Chinese government to negotiate a loan of the rare mammals. Zoological Society President Betty Jo Williams said Wednesday that a letter from Dr. Edgar Liong, a consultant to the China Wildlife Conservation Assn., indicates that the Republic of China would be receptive to a proposal from the San Diego Zoo.