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China's Pandas
Su Lin Gives Birth

Su Lin and cub
Su Lin is the first Panda this year to give birth. She gave birth to one cub on July 7, 2011 at 12:36 pm. A few hours later she gave birth to another cub which ended up being stillborn and only weighed 40 grams. Su Lin is a first time mother and is still attempting to figure out how to take care of her baby. She has dropped her cub several times therefore her keepers have stepped in. They have placed her cub in the nursery and given her another Pandaís cub to take care of. Xi Xi gave birth to twins and can only take care of one cub at time. Both of Xiís Xiís cubs are doing well so veterinarians decided to give Su Lin one of her stronger cubs to take care of so she can continue nursing and figuring out what being a mother is all about. All three cubs and mothers are doing well.

Su Lin's cub

Xi XI Gives Birth

Xi XI's twins
Xi Xi Gives Birth Insert picture of Xi Xiís cubs here Xi Xi gave birth to two healthy twins on July 8, 2011 at 6:55 am and 8:05 am. She is an experienced mother having given birth three times prior. Therefore, Xi Xi immediately picked up her first cub and began licking it. Her second cub was taken out and transferred to the nursery where it will be taken care. Xi Xi mated naturally with Wu Gang back in March before being sent to the reintroduction program at Hetaoping with Su Lin and several other Pandas.
Panda Cub Born at Chinaís Chengdu Panda Base

Li Li's cub
Li Li gave birth to a healthy female cub on July 24, 2011 at 2:51 pm. She is 19 years old which is a very old age to give birth. Most captive Pandas will live to be around 25 years of age. Li Li was artificially inseminated in March. This is the first birth of the year for the Chengdu Giant Panda Protection and Research Center.
China Starts Panda Census
June 28, 2011
China has begun its 4th Panda census since it began counting Pandas in 1970. Trained trackers will forage through forests in the Wanglang nature reserve for 10 days looking for Panda droppings. The census will not only provide a better estimate of the wild Panda population but also information on the average age of the population and how the Pandaís habitat is changing.
Happy Birthday, Tai Shan

Tai Shan's birthday cards
Tai Shan celebrated his 6th birthday in China on July 5, 2011. He was sent lots of birthday cards and Pandas Unlimited donated a new enrichment structure for his birthday. Thank you PU for helping to enrich his life. We have been told that he is thoroughly enjoying his new structure and had a wonderful birthday.

Tai Shan's structure
Panda Protectors
Vacation Bible School Raises Over $1,000

Panda "moving" up the pole
Operation Panda Rescue was the name of the mission that children attending Vacation Bible School at Cary United Methodist Church participated in each day. Every morning the children would learn something about Pandas. They learned about the Pandaís habitat, eating habits, behaviors, growth and development and why these animals are endangered. After the short lesson each day, the children would gather at the front of the church and drop their dollars and change into a big bucket as an offering to help Pandas. A small stuffed Panda moved up a bamboo pole to show how much money had been collected each day. The children amazed us all by collecting over $1025.03 and the Panda bear made it past the top of the pole! The children wanted to do their part to make sure there would always be Pandas on earth.
Panda and Moose Dinner Results
We had so many great entries. Here are the top 3. If you have a favorite please e-mail us at with your favorite entry. The winner will receive a t-shirt of their choice from Pandas International.
  1. "Remember, under NO circumstance should you admit how many hours you lay around eating and generally doing nothing!"
  2. Moose says: "So listen carefully, Mr. Panda, my friend, sir! When the lady starts backiní up to ya, and raises her tail, that is NOT a signal to give her a good swat with your paw!! Git it, sir, Mr. Panda?"
  3. "You only bring bamboo for dinner? You call that a date?"
Newsletter Survey
Here are a few of our donatorís thoughts about Pandas and Pandas International. We will continue to share thoughts from all of you in each of our newsletters this year. Thank you for your feedback and stories.

What prompts you to support Pandas International?
"The beauty and mystique of the gorgeous Panda in the wilds of China has always fascinated me. To think that these beautiful creatures may no longer be on our planet is heartbreaking. Any small contribution that I can make to help preserve their habitat and continue the species gives me a bit of satisfaction that even though a world away, I'm doing a small part to protect them."
"My love for Pandas began when I was very young and had a stuffed "Pandy Dear" as I called it because I couldn't pronounce Panda Bear. There was just something amazing about those beautiful black and white creatures that captured my heart! When Tai Shan was born at the National Zoo in DC, I watched him every day and became very attached to him, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian and went to DC to visit them twice. I can't get enough of Panda watching and want to help in any way I can to protect them!"
"I love pandas! When I was a young girl I remember seeing one of the last Pandas in the US at the Brookfield Zoo. This was before Nixon went to China. My first impression was lasting. I saw the Pandas when they were first introduced to the Washington Zoo and now living in CA, going to see the Pandas at the San Diego Zoo is my favorite thing to do. I would one day like to go to China to volunteer at the rescue!"
"This bear is so very cute. I have loved them since China first gave President Nixon and the US the first set of pandas back in the 70's. That was my first introduction to the Giant Panda and ever since then, they have been stuck in my heart. I now have a 10 year old daughter and she shares my enthusiasm for the Giant Panda. Our dream is to someday go to China to one of the Panda reserves and help out there for a week or two. Our ultimate dream is to be able to touch one of these amazing animals."
Panda Videos and Pictures
Interested in Volunteering in China?
There are a few more spots left for tours to China and the Bifengxia Panda Reserve in September. Click on the links for more information.
Check Out Charity Checks
Hereís a great way to teach kids the value of giving, either individually, or, as part of an exciting classroom project to support the black and white bears. For the older set, office mates and colleagues can also be involved in giving, and in this case, giving to the endangered Panda. Check out Charity Checks. They make it easy and fun.

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