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2006-12-28 16:00:00

FAYETTEVILLE, Ga. -- If you think kids are picky, try feeding a giant panda. It takes four full-time bamboo hunters at Zoo Atlanta to satisfy the palates of the zoo's panda pair, Lun Lun and Yang Yang. And they are not always successful. The animals' diet consists almost entirely of bamboo, but they will eat only about 20 of the 200 or so species that grow in Georgia. What type they like also varies by the time of year. Sometimes the pandas will eat nothing but one variety for a week, then...

2005-12-30 18:59:42

By Marty Graham SAN DIEGO (Reuters) - The San Diego Zoo's 5-month-old panda cub, Su Lin, slept through most of her first days on public display this week, but behind the scenes, the fuzzy 15.6-pound (7 kg) panda is performing headstands and nibbling on her mother's ears, a zookeeper said on Friday. Su Lin, one of two panda cubs in the United States, was born on August 2. The panda and her mother, Bai Yun, are on loan to the zoo from the Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in China....

2005-11-29 12:30:00

By Mona Megalli and Sarah Edmonds WASHINGTON -- So little in Washington is black and white that all it takes is a tiny panda cub to captivate the entire U.S. capital. Tai Shan, the 21-pound (9.5-kg) baby panda born in July at the U.S. National Zoo, took his first bow before the media on Tuesday, reducing one of the hardest-bitten press corps in the world to cooing and incoherent babble. Although he is already famous thanks to the zoo's online "panda cams," the little bear won't formally...

2005-11-10 17:45:00

LOS ANGELES -- A giant panda cub born at the San Diego Zoo earlier this year will be named "Su Lin," after the first Giant Panda brought to the United States in 1936, Zoo officials said on Thursday. The name was chosen by 44 percent of the more than 70,000 voters who participated in an online poll and bestowed on the cub 100 days after she was born, in keeping with Chinese tradition, Zoo spokesman Don Lindburg said. Su Lin means "a little bit of something very cute," in Chinese, Lindburg...

2005-08-25 13:40:00

LOS ANGELES -- Three weeks after a giant panda cub was born at the San Diego Zoo, veterinarians confirmed on Thursday that the newborn is a girl. "The veterinary staff had its suspicions during the cub's first exam last week but chose to wait one more week to get a second look," the zoo said in a written statement. The cub -- who in keeping with Chinese tradition won't be named until she is 100 days old -- now weighs 22 ounces (618 grams) and is 11.6 inches (29.5 cms) long from the tip of the...

2005-08-03 13:11:30

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - San Diego Zoo on Wednesday welcomed a new giant panda cub -- the second to be born in the United States this year and one of the few of the endangered species in captivity to be born naturally. Zoo officials said the 4-ounce (113.5-gram) cub, whose name and gender have yet to be determined, was born late on Tuesday. Thirteen-year-old mother Bai Yun, on loan from China, was originally carrying twins but one of the fetuses died in the womb. In Washington, Mei Xiang...

2005-08-02 12:12:07

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - It's a boy -- a quick peek at the baby panda born last month at Washington's National Zoo showed it is a male, the zoo said on Tuesday. Curious veterinarians at the Smithsonian National Zoo lured giant panda Mei Xiang out of her den with a bamboo snack and sneaked a look at her cub, which was born July 9. The cub is now 12 inches (30 cm) long and weighs 1.8 pounds (825.7 grams), the zoo said in a statement. Veterinarian Sharon Deem was also able to listen to its...

2005-07-28 18:00:00

SAN DIEGO (AP) -- The stork is on its way back to the San Diego Zoo's giant panda habitat. Zoo officials announced Thursday that the 13-year-old panda, Bai Yun, is pregnant again, with twins. Keepers will begin a 24-hour birth watch Friday and say a birth could happen anytime over the next few weeks, said zoo spokeswoman Christina Simmons. Researchers have been monitoring Bai Yun since April when she mated with male panda Gao Gao. Bai Yun has kept from public view since July 15 as she...

2005-07-10 16:41:01

WASHINGTON -- Giant panda Mei Xiang appeared to be nursing her day-old cub on Sunday, a positive sign of survival for a tiny bear susceptible to malnutrition, bacterial infection and even the lumbering of its 250-pound mother. The National Zoo's first panda cub in 16 years survived its initial 24 hours - a benchmark for pandas born in captivity - and continued to emit such a robust squeal that zoo officials were optimistic about the days ahead. "Everything seems to be going fine," zoo...

2005-03-24 06:50:18

ATLANTA (AP) -- A rare possible panda pregnancy was announced by the top official at Zoo Atlanta on Wednesday. "We have some exciting news," zoo president and CEO Dennis Kelly said at a news conference just outside the panda compound. "We are soon to go on panda baby watch," he said. "They have not successfully mated naturally, but we had a textbook case of artificial insemination last night." If a birth occurs, it would be only the third giant panda born in the United States. The baby...

Latest San Diego Zoo 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...

Bornean Bearded Pig, Sus barbatus
2012-10-12 12:29:38

The Bornean bearded pig (Sus barbatus), also known as the bearded pig, is native to Southeast Asia. Its range includes the Malay Peninsula, Borneo, Sumatra, and other small islands. It prefers a habitat within mangrove forests and rainforests. This pig holds two subspecies, and is recognizable by its furry beard and sometimes by a tuft of fur on its tail. The Bornean bearded pig lives in familial groups and can mate at eighteen months of age. It is possible to crossbreed this species with...

Cuvier's Gazelle, Gazella cuvieri
2012-06-20 15:24:04

Cuvier's gazelle (Gazella cuvieri) is also known as the edmi and is native to Africa. Its range includes Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria, through the Atlas Mountains in northwestern Africa. It prefers a habitat within stony or sandy hills and plateaus, but it will reside pine forests or recovering forests. Some experts do not classify it within the typical gazelle genus, but in the Trachelocele genus. Cuvier's gazelle is small in stature, reaching an average height of 4.2 feet and a weight...

Speke's Gazelle, Gazella spekei
2012-06-14 21:43:29

Speke's gazelle (Gazella spekei) is native to Africa, and its range is limited to the horn. Named after John Hanning Speke (), this gazelle prefers a habitat within semi deserts, stony brush, and grass steppes. It is the smallest of all gazelle species. Because the range of this gazelle is highly fragmented, it is difficult to understand how it migrates. There are less than ten thousand individuals in the wild, and as of 2008, Speke’s gazelle was given a conservation status of...

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