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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...

2008-06-16 12:00:37

The Walt Disney Studios and Chinese filmmakers Castle Hero Pictures and Ying Dong Media say they are teaming up on the new movie Touch of the Panda. The project was announced Sunday at the Shanghai International Film Festival. To be shot in Sichuan, China, the film is to feature giant pandas bred and nurtured at the Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve. The movie is to be made with the facility's official cooperation and supervision. The live-action movie is about a panda cub separated...

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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...

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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...

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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....

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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...

2007-12-20 11:16:39

BEIJING (AP) - A 16-month-old giant panda born at half the weight of most newborn pandas is growing into a normal, healthy animal in southwest China, state media reported Thursday. Wushiyike, who weighed in at 1.8 ounces when he was born at the Chengdu Giant Panda Reproduction and Research Center now weighs 80 pounds, Xinhua News Agency cited the center's director Zhang Zhihe as saying. "Wushiyike" means 1.8 ounces in Mandarin, the national language. Giant pandas usually weigh more than 3.5...

2007-11-06 09:07:06

SAN DIEGO (AP) - A male panda born four years ago at the San Diego Zoo left for China on Monday to join that country's breeding program. Mei Sheng, which translates as "Born in the USA," was sent to the Wolong Nature Reserve for Giant Pandas as part of a loan agreement requiring all pandas born outside China to be returned there after the animals mature, zoo officials said. "Mei Sheng will be missed ... but his role in the conservation of his species involves a move to China," said Ron...


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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