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.
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."
December 31, 2002
I have seldom been more depressed than I am after reading "Burden of Beasts in China" (Dec. 27). Certainly there is enough cruelty in the world to keep us all in tears, but to harm captive animals that cannot fight back should be a huge stain on all our consciences. If we do nothing to stop it, we all richly deserve to be tortured to death. From now on, I will actively campaign to stop travelers from visiting China until this situation is corrected and I will refuse to purchase any item with so much as a part that was manufactured in China.
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 12, 2004 |
Hua Mei, a 4-year-old giant panda, has left the San Diego Zoo for the Wolong Nature Reserve in China, officials announced Wednesday. The panda was slated to depart for China two years ago, but the trip was delayed by bad weather and then the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS. Although she was born at the San Diego Zoo, the female panda belongs to the Chinese government through an arrangement under which China agreed to lend two adult pandas to the zoo for research.
February 10, 1998 |
Would it be a Winter Olympics without exotic wildlife? No, not the athletes at the Olympic village disco, real wildlife. In Albertville, France, wild boars startled many a sleepy driver late at night on the dark and snowy mountain roads. In Lillehammer, Norway, moose--the Norwegians called them elk but they really were moose--were numerous enough to pose a threat to rail traffic, and highways were posted with moose-crossing signs. Here?