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Si Xue Gives Birth to Twins
Source: www.chinapanda.org.ch – translated by lovecatbear
Si Xue
Si Xue
On August 15, female panda Si Xue gave birth to twins at the Hetaoping base in Wolong. Si Xue is a first time mother and the cubs are the first cubs to be born at Hetaoping this year.

Si Xue gave birth to the first cub (a female) at 10:50 p.m. Even as a first-time mother, her maternal instincts kicked in and she picked the cub up with her mouth and cradled it in her arms. At 11:15 p.m., the second cub (a male) was born. Since a panda mother can only care for a single cub at one time, the keeper immediately took the second cub into care. As there's no cub-rearing expert at Hetaoping, the second cub was taken taken back to Bifengxia base for hand-rearing.
Hua Mei
Hua Mei
Hua Mei Gives Birth to a Single Cub at Bifengxia
Hua Mei, the first panda born abroad to return to China, gave birth to her eighth cub on August 5, 2012 at the Ya’an Bifengxia Base of CCRCGP. The male cub was born at 3:00 a.m. and weighed 5.7 ounces at birth.

Hua Mei — whose name means China-American — was the first panda cub born in the United States, at the San Diego Zoo, on August 21, 1999. She returned to China in 2003 and now has eight cubs, including three sets of twins.
Si Jia
Si Jia
Pandas Displaced by
2008 Earthquake to Return Home
in Late August
Two pandas which were forced to leave their habitat by a devastating earthquake in 2008 will return home in late August after their stay at the Yunnan Safari Park in Kunming, capital of Southwest China’s Yunnan Province. More than 60 pandas were homeless in the disaster and later adopted by zoos in other cities.
Feng Yi
Feng Yi
Feng Yi is Welcomed Back in Bifengxia
This photo (taken by Chet Chin) is one of Feng Yi's final photos in her outdoor yard in Guilin Zoo, taken on 6 August 2012 around 4:00 p.m. She was responding to the keeper's call to go indoors. Shortly after this photo was taken, she walked indoors and soon after, entered the transport carrier which would take her back to Bifengxia where she is settling in nicely.
Pandas Around the World
Rau Hin
Rau Hin
Rau Hin Gives Birth to a Cub at Adventure World Wakayama
Rau Hin gave birth to a female cub at Adventure World Wakayama in Japan on August 10, 2012. The cub weighed 167 grams. This is Rau Hin’s fifth cub and third successful pregnancy from a natural mating with Ei Mei. Adventure World is the most successful panda breeding center outside of China.
Farewell, Bao Bao
Bao Bao
Bao Bao
On August 22, we bid goodbye to the world’s oldest known male panda. Thirty-four year old Bao Bao, a long time resident of the Berlin zoo, passed away quietly in his sleep from deteriorating health brought on by old age. Bao Bao was born in 1978 and was given as a gift to West Germany’s chancellor, Helmut Schmidt, by China in 1980.

Pambassador Jeroen Jacobs has written a thoughtful and loving tribute to Bao Bao on the Giant Panda Zoo site chronicling his 16 year relationship with the panda, filled with photos and details on Bao Bao's long life.
Jia Jia and Kai Kai are Bound for Singapore
Jia Jia
Jia Jia
Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) announced recently that pandas Jia Jia and Kai Kaiare scheduled to arrive on Sept 6. WRS also said that the public can expect to visit the panda pair in December after they have completed a month-long quarantine in Singapore and have been well-familiarized with their new home at the River Safari.

"After many months of careful planning and preparation, we are happy to welcome the pandas to Singapore and to their new home at River Safari. The arrival of Kai Kai and Jia Jia marks the start of an exciting panda research and development opportunity and we look forward to working closely with the Chinese experts to enhance overall understanding of giant panda conservation," said Ms. Claire Chiang, Chairman of WRS.
Partners and Programs
Scholarship
Pandas International donor, Coralie Munro, is being honored by the International Society of Wildlife Endocrinology (ISWE). Thanks to her dedication and hard work in the field of endocrinology, ISWE is has named their annual scholarship fund, which allows a young scientist to attend the annual meeting, the "Munro Travel Scholarship," in her honor.

Congratulations, Coralie and thank you for your hard work.
New Panda Partner - Symbiote Studios
Symbiote Studios
Please visit Symbiote Studios and place your order today >>
Pandas International is pleased to announce a new Panda Partner — Symbiote Studios. Symbiote is donating 10% of all sales of their panda vinyl toys to Pandas International.

Symbiote Studios is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of toys and high-end collectibles. They work with some of the most renowned sculptors, design artists, and painters in the industry. Their new line of panda toys will retail for $12.99.

Together we can make a difference.

Thank you, Symbiote Studios, for your support.
Panda Photos and Videos
Ocean Park Behind the Scenes Video
Ocean Park has put together a great video entitled "The Secret Life of a Giant Panda" in which trainer Elke brings you to the pandas' back-of-the-house facility to see how the Park takes care of their daily living. The video also walks through an exclusive demonstration of a panda checkup.
Explore.org Bamboo Challenge Grant
Share the Love, Feed the Pandas! 1love.org and explore.org have put together a fantastic video featuring some beautiful moments from the panda live cams at www.explore.org set to Bob Marley's iconic song "Is This Love." For every share or like of the video, explore.org will donate $1 to replant bamboo that the pandas need to survive (up to 500K).
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