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2008-06-20 00:00:18

SEATTLE _ If all goes well, Sneezy and Chai should become the proud parents of a 200-pound baby by Thanksgiving _ 2009. Chai, the Woodland Park Zoo's 29-year-old female Asian elephant, appears to be pregnant for the first time since losing her 6-year-old daughter, Hansa, to a fatal strain of elephant herpes last year. But rather than being a joyous occasion, Chai's apparent pregnancy has renewed concerns among animal-rights groups about the risks of elephant herpes and the ongoing mystery...

2008-06-19 21:00:18

By Shannon Montgomery, THE CANADIAN PRESS EDMONTON - Two tiny red pandas at Edmonton's Valley Zoo are carrying the survival of their species on their furry shoulders. Tai the female and Pip the male were born May 26 and have already almost tripled their birth weights of 112 and 147 grams. They're the second set of twins born to the zoo's pair of adult red pandas and are part of a breeding program aimed at ensuring survival of the species. The two were taken from their mother shortly...

2008-06-19 15:00:00

EDMONTON - Two tiny red pandas at Edmonton's Valley Zoo are helping to carry the survival of their species on their furry shoulders. Tai and Pip were born May 26, and have already almost tripled their birth weights of 112 and 147 grams. They're the second set of twins born to the zoo's pair of adult red pandas and are part of a breeding program aimed at ensuring survival of the species. The two were taken from their mother shortly after birth when she began grooming one aggressively, and...

2008-06-09 12:30:00

Researchers have successfully filmed the giant panda's mating process in the wild. A team of BBC Natural History researchers recorded the process in the bamboo forest along China's Qinling mountains. The sequence was shot for BBC Two's Wild China series.During their observations, scientists discovered strange mating behaviors that are rarely displayed in zoos.Pictures show a male panda having to fight off the competition as he tries to woo and finally win a female.The giant male panda uses...

2008-05-29 14:23:01

After the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve received a damaging blow from the recent deadly earthquake in China, officials are now seeking a new home for the bears. "It's better to move, I think," said Zhang Hemin, the chief of the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve. The Wolong reserve is just 20 miles from the epicenter of the May 12 quake, which has killed more than 68,000 people, including five reserve staff members. Most of the reserve staff members were not on-site during the 7.9-magnitude quake. "What...

2008-05-22 16:20:00

Officials in China have sent emergency rations of bamboo-shoots to a reserve housing pandas in the earthquake zone in Sichuan province, China's state media reported Thursday. The move was made because no one was collecting food for the bears in the aftermath of China's most devastating earthquake in decades.According to a government Web site, 47 people were killed near the Wolong Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, the nation's largest panda breeding center. Thirty-five...

2008-04-01 14:50:00

Researchers in the Cardiff School of Biosciences will work with international colleagues on the "ËœGiant Panda Genome Project'. The panda is often referred to as a "Ëœliving fossil', given evidence that its ancestors existed in China more than 8 million years ago. Research by Professor Mike Bruford, Cardiff School of Biosciences, previously found that the decline of the species can be linked directly to human activities rather than a genetic inability to adapt and evolve....

2008-03-31 00:05:00

As traffic continues to build in parts of western Mongolia, conservationists grow increasingly weary of the potential consequences it may have for the saiga, a rare species of antelope. "As we get more and more traffic through the corridor, it would potentially discourage the saiga from using it," Kim Murray Berger, an ecologist with the Wildlife Conservation Society, said. Berger said that increased traffic could lead to the reproductive isolation of the species, reducing its genetic...

2008-03-17 14:35:00

Take a deer's body, attach a camel's head and add a Jimmy Durante nose, and you have a saiga "“ the odd-ball antelope with the enormous schnoz that lives on the isolated steppes of Central Asia. Unfortunately, they are as endangered as they are strange-looking due to over-hunting. Now, according to a recent Wildlife Conservation Society study, their migration routes are in jeopardy as well.The study, which appears in the latest issue of The Open Conservation Biology Journal, tracked...

2008-03-06 09:00:00

BGI-Shenzhen is pleased to announce the launch of the International Giant Panda Genome Project. This announcement follows on the heels of the Panda Genome workshop held on January 21"“22, 2008, in Shenzhen, China. Dr. Hongmei Zhu, a scientist from BGI-Shenzhen, stated that, "The goal of this project is to finish the sequencing and assembling of the draft sequence within six months." The giant panda is a much loved animal all over the world and is considered a symbol of China, as...

Latest EDGE Species Reference Libraries

Southern Marsupial Mole, Notoryctes typhlops
2014-04-30 10:58:40

The southern marsupial mole (Notoryctes typhlops) is a species of marsupial that can be found in southwest Australia. It has been recorded in desert habitats with soft sand and spinifex grasses, but the habitat preferences of this species is currently unknown. Its range is thought to include northern areas of South Australia and the Northern Territory, as well as the Gibson and Great Victoria deserts. Although this species is a marsupial, it has been classified within its own order, known as...

Volcano Rabbit, Romerolagus diazi
2014-04-25 10:20:30

The volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi), known locally as zacatuche or teporingom, is a species of rabbit that can be found in Mexico. This species resides near four volcanoes within its range, including El Pelado, but its range is limited to only sixteen small areas. The majority of individuals reside at higher elevations grasslands or in pine and alder forests. The volcano rabbit reaches an average weight of up to 1.3 pounds and is the second smallest species of rabbit next to the pygmy...

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

2012-06-14 17:57:28

The falanouc is a mongoose type creature that is native to Madagascar. Its closest extant, or living, relative is the fanaloka, but it is distinct from this animal in many ways. Unlike the fanaloka, the falanouc has no anal or perineal glands. It has non-retractable claws and a mouth structure that consists of backwards sloping premolars and canines. It is thought that this is due to its primary diet of invertebrates such as snails, slugs, and worms. The falanouc prefers habitats within...

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