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2009-07-27 15:35:00

Six in ten giant pandas in China's Sichuan province were affected by a strong earthquake that hit the area in May 2008, according to a new study released on Monday.The scientists found that the powerful 8.0-magnitude tremor, which left 87,000 thousand dead or missing and caused enormous landslides across the region's mountainous terrain, destroyed nearly 25 percent of the panda's habitat close to the quake's epicenter."It is probable that habitat fragmentation has separated the giant panda...

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2009-07-24 13:05:00

Chinese officials announced on Friday the first successful birth of a panda cub from artificial insemination using frozen sperm, The Associated Press reported. Experts say the birth may provide a new option for the endangered species, which is known to have fertility difficulties. The Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in southwestern Sichuan celebrated the birth of 11-year-old You You's (pronounced Yo Yo) third cub on Thursday morning. The new offspring is the 10th panda cub born at Wolong...

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2009-06-13 07:35:00

The city of Los Angeles recently dished out $7.4 million for the construction a China-themed, feng shui-approved monkey cage for the city's zoo.  The extravagant expenditure was made in anticipation of the arrival of a trio of rare golden snub-nosed monkey that China had promised to lend. Recently however, the Chinese government has changed their mind and now says that the exotic primates will not be leaving their homeland, leaving officials at the L.A. Zoo scrambling to find a suitable...

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2009-05-08 13:58:16

The massive Sichuan earthquake in China last year has decelerated efforts to save the country's giant panda, which is regarded as China's national treasure. The quake had massive implications for the panda population as it demolished a primary food source, inhibited its sex drive, and caused tourism profits to decrease. "The biggest impact has been on the food source of the panda, as a lot of bamboo was destroyed," Wang Chengdong, the director of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, told...

2009-05-03 14:44:27

Behavioral changes exhibited by the Washington National Zoo's giant female panda have put zoologists on a pregnancy alert, officials said. Detecting changes in her actions and hormones, zoo officials are cautiously optimistic Mei Xiang might be pregnant. However, they warn it may be another in a series of false pregnancies for the panda, The Washington Post reported Sunday. National Zoo spokeswoman Pamela Baker-Masson told the newspaper Mei Xiang is denning, meaning she is transporting bamboo...

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2009-04-20 06:15:42

As early as next month, Chinese authorities will begin the construction of a new mega-breeding facility for giant pandas in the Wolong nature reserve, says the official Xinhua news agency. The announcement came after last year's 8.0-magnitude earthquake leveled much of their former habitat in a protected region of the southwestern Sichuan province where most of their captive pandas had previously been held. The reserve's Communist party boss Huang Jianhua revealed that the new base would be...

2009-04-01 13:08:36

A major Taiwan newspaper printed an April Fools' Day prank Wednesday that claimed two pandas received as a gift from mainland China were disguised forest bears. The Taipei Times claimed the latest friction between Taiwan and China centered on Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan, a pair of pandas given to the Taipei Zoo as a gift from China, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Taipei Zoo official Connie Liu was quoted in the hoax story as saying she became suspicious after the pandas, a species famous...

2009-02-15 00:50:03

A pair of pandas sent from China to a zoo in Taiwan enjoyed their first outside trip Saturday on Valentine's Day. Some couples came to the zoo with bouquets of red roses to mark the occasion, Xinhua, the Chinese government news agency reported. Visitors said the pandas appeared to be enjoying their outdoor enclosure, which features hilly areas, a waterfall and grass and trees to simulate the pandas' native environment. Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan arrived in Taipei in late December and went on...

2009-01-14 17:49:53

The National Zoo in Washington issued a public appeal Wednesday for bamboo after the food supply for the zoo's giant pandas became dangerously low. The zoo said bamboo supplies on its grounds did not regrow this year and the main consumers of the green stalks, giant pandas Tai Shan, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, collectively eat about 1,400 pounds of bamboo per week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Smaller amounts of bamboo are also consumed by raccoon-sized red pandas, elephants and...

2008-12-23 11:45:00

Two giant 4-year-old pandas named Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan were settling in Tuesday at their new home in Taiwan after leaving mainland China. The pandas were moved by truck and plane from a breeding compound in southwestern Sichuan Province to the Taiwan Zoo in Taipai, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported. Images of the popular pair already decorate book and department stores and public transportation terminals. Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan are expected to draw an estimated 6 million...


Latest Giant Pandas Reference Libraries

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...

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2007-01-22 14:41:19

The red panda, Ailurus fulgens also known as the lesser panda, bear cat or fire fox, is a mostly herbivorous mammal. It is slightly larger than a domestic cat 21.65 in (55 cm) long. The red panda has semi-retractile claws and, like the giant panda, has a "false thumb" which is really an extension of the wrist bone. Thick fur on the soles of the feet offers protection from cold and hides scent glands. For many decades the taxonomic classification of both the red panda and giant panda has been...

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