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Welcome to the world!
By Foreign Mail Service, July 28, 2010

These heart-warming pictures show a giant panda nurturing her newborn cub at a reserve in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The eight-year-old panda tenderly licks the cub clean and carries it to safety in her mouth.

First-time mother Ju Xiao gave birth to twins at the Bifengxia base.

*update from the Center
After an initial acceptance of the first twin, Ju Xiao became unable to nurse the cub.
Both male cubs are doing well in the incubators with the staff caring for them around the clock.
It's a Boy!

On Thursday, July 8, 2010, Zhu Yun gave birth to a healthy male cub at the Bifengxia Base! This is not the first cub for Zhu Yun. She had a set of female twins, Min Min and Hu Bao, in September of 2008. Zhu Yun is proving to be a very good mother again!
Checking in with Mei Lan

Mei Lan appears to have fully adjusted to her new home in Chengdu, China.

See Mei Lan exploring her outdoor enclosure >>
Tai Shan's birthday celebration
Photos courtesy of

Tai Shan enjoys his cake.

Tai Shan makes a wish

Thanks to a very special volunteer who was willing to carry the banner and hang it on Tai Shan's enclosure. The birthday card arrived in time for the celebration!
Wolong Panda Club Holds "Love Panda, Meet at
the Expo,"the Sixth Hug My Baby at Wolong Event

On July 6, 2010, the Wolong Panda Club held its annual "Hug My Baby at Wolong" event.  This was the sixth year for the event and its theme was "Love Pandas, Meet at the Expo". The itinerary included a visit to the Shanghai Wildlife Zoo, the Shanghai World Expo China Pavilion, and the Ya'an Bifengxia Base, where attendees had the opportunity to visit with the pandas and volunteer at the Panda Center.
Basi turns 30! [Asianewsphoto]

Thirty-year-old giant panda Basi enjoys on her birthday cake at a panda base in Fuzhou, Fujian province, on July 11, 2010. More than thirty teachers and students from the Chinese mainland and Taiwan came to visit Basi on Sunday. Basi's thirty years of life are equivalent to a human's one hundred years, proving her to be a lucky bear.
SW China City, Chengdu, sees first panda cub born this year
July 17, 2010

Southwest China's Chengdu City, capital of Sichuan Province, has seen its first giant panda cub born this year, a spokesperson with Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding said Friday.

The male cub was born about 7:57 p.m. Thursday, weighing 108 grams, at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

Jiao Zi, the cub's mother, is 15 years old and is now a mother of six. Jiaozi had her first baby in 2001.
Also from China – Some very sad news for the pandas
Gas poisoning caused death of panda in east China zoo, July 26th, 2010

Photo Credit: Annette Yuen

JINAN, July 26 (Xinhua) — A panda that died suddenly last Thursday night was killed by gas poisoning in a zoo in Jinan City of east China's Shandong Province, zoo management said Monday.

Workers were disinfecting the air-raid shelter when the gas leaked to the zoo's panda house through an air-pipe. The panda was found poisoned at around 7 p.m. and died in a local hospital after three hours of treatment failed.

The female panda Quan Quan, a star at Jinan Zoo and a "heroic mother,"had given birth to seven cubs. Quan Quan arrived at Jinan zoo three years ago. Aged 21, the panda was the equivalent of a woman more than 70 years old.

In a related story
A 48-year-old man was being questioned over the death by police, reports said.

It transpired a mushroom grower had hired the shelter to breed the fungus and brought in fumigators to disinfect it. The vent had been drilled in 1995 to help cool the panda enclosure in summer. This allowed the disinfectant to waft into Quan Quan's area.
Posted: 28 Jul 2010 12:54 PM PDT

I'm very sad to report that Shui Ling has died just weeks before her 3rd birthday.
It's been reported that she had died of Mesenteric Torsion which is where the intestines get wrapped up and blood supply to them gets cut off causing the intestine to die and rot.

The symptoms are very hard to spot until it is too late, then the animal dies of shock.

Shui Ling is the daughter of Long Xin and younger sister of Fu Ni one of the pandas who was sent to Adelaide. Long Xin has had a total of 7 cubs so far.

Giant panda habitats are too fragmented and need to be reconnected in order for the endangered animals to maintain their genetic diversity, a new study shows.

The study, conducted by researchers from the Chinese Academy of Sciences and the China Wildlife Conservation Association, both in Beijing, was published July 23 in the open-access journal BMC Genetics.

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) used to live in relative isolation from humans, but the 20th century brought villages, towns, roads, dams and other projects that now prevent pocket panda populations from visiting each other and exchanging genetic materials (in other words, breeding).
IANS, Jul 26, 2010, 09.43pm IST

BEIJING: A panda research centre in China has released four "well-selected" pregnant giant pandas into the wild, expecting them to deliver their cubs out of captivity.

The Wolong China Giant Panda Protection and Research Centre, in Sichuan Province, has returned the four giant pandas – Zi Zhu, Ying Ping, Cao Cao and Zhang Ka – at a woodland near a training base, which was built to help giant pandas live in the wild, an expert with the centre said.

The giant pandas, aged four to five, were expected to give birth and live in the 20,000 sq metre forest until the cubs are aged three to four.

"All of the carefully-chosen pandas have experience of living in the wild and three of them have given birth to cubs. We hope the mothers can teach their cubs life skills to help them survive in the wild," Tang Chunxiang was quoted as saying by the Global Times.

The would-be mothers, previously kept in captivity, will produce and breed the cubs on their own, while the workers of the centre will observe them through surveillance cameras, he said.

Monday, 28 June 2010

The habitat of giant pandas was not "shifting northward"as some people claimed, a noted expert on giant panda conservation said Monday.

"There has not been drastic climate changes at the giant panda's habitat in the mountains of Sichuan Province," said Zhang Hemin, head of the China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Wolong. "Little damage has been done to their habitat."

Zhang, however, said despite slight temperature rises in some years, no drastic climate change or precipitation decrease had been reported in Sichuan.

"Without temperature hikes or a drop in rainfall, there won't be a sudden, continuous shortage of arrow bamboo, the giant panda's favorite food, and other vegetation," said Zhang, a renowned panda expert who led the way in breeding giant pandas through artificial insemination.

EAST LANSING, Mich. — Though much effort and many resources have been expended to protect the endangered giant panda, research by an international team of scientists shows that much suitable panda habitat is outside the nature reserves and areas where the panda is reported to live.

"This research can help the Chinese government and international non-governmental organizations develop comprehensive strategic plans for more effective conservation of the panda," said Jianguo "Jack" Liu, MSU University Distinguished Professor of fisheries and wildlife who holds the Rachel Carson Chair in Sustainability and serves as director of the MSU Center for Systems Integration and Sustainability (CSIS). Liu is internationally known for his work on environmental sustainability and coupled human and natural systems.

"Overall, about 40 percent of the suitable habitat for pandas is inside the nature reserves," said Andrés Viña, CSIS specialist. "Our model also identified potentially suitable habitat outside the currently accepted geographic range of the panda."

The research is published in the journal Biological Conservation.
by Marianne Barriaux – Thu Jul 8, 2010

AFP – Panda keeper, Yang Gangkun,
feeds apples to a panda at an animal sanctuary
in southwest China
CHENGDU, China (AFP) – Yang Gangkun calls out to two pandas lying on their backs chewing bamboo. They push themselves up and slowly amble over for their morning workout in a breeding centre in southwest China.

The 24-year-old is a panda keeper at the Chengdu Panda Base in Sichuan province -- which will soon offer contestants from around the world a chance to help look after the endangered animals for a month.

As Yang dangles an apple fixed to a rod over the wall of their enclosure, Jing Jing and Xiao Yatou stand up on their hind legs and reach awkwardly for the treat with their big paws – an exercise aimed at bulking them up.


A giant panda licks an ice block to remove summer heat at Wuhan Zoo, Central China's Hubei province, July 1, 2010. As the city's temperature rises up to 37 degrees Celsius, the zoo has provided big ice blocks for the giant pandas to help them cool down

Pandas around the World
Friday, July 09 2010 15:36 Tom Marshall 

Chinese music played in the background as one dignitary explained how "a distinguished, very charismatic guest has been brought to Guadalajara."

There was even a ribbon-cutting ceremony to greet the special visitor to its temporary" new home.

But Shuan Shuan, the giant panda at the center of all the fuss, just chomped away on her bamboo shoot and stared back at the gawking eyes and photographers' lenses with the nonchalance of a seasoned celebrity.

The Guadalajara Zoo has spent four million pesos to bring Shuan Shuan from Mexico City's Chapultepec zoo for the next six months.

The Judging Committee of Giant Panda Naming Contest of Macao has selected five names in the first phase of the Contest, including: Kai Kai, Xin Xin; Hao Hao, Lian Lian; Yang Guang, Man Man; Ao Xiang, Ao Miao; A Hao, Lian Mei.

The Committee selected the five pairs of names based on the criteria of meaning, creativity and pronunciation, Chan also said.

The Contest will enter its second phase between August 2 and 23, during which local people can vote for their favorite names for the pandas among the five pairs of selected names.

Tokyo inks deal for two pandas
Kyodo News

The Tokyo Metropolitan Government signed a deal Monday with China to rent two giant pandas for Ueno Zoo, which has been without a panda since Ling Ling died in 2008.
The metropolitan government will ask the public to nickname the two pandas, a 143-kg male and 124-kg female, officials said. The animals will be moved here in February before their public showing begins the following month. Under the lease deal, Tokyo will contribute $950,000 a year to wildlife preservation in China.
In the US
National Zoo Negotiates To Replace Panda When Lease Expires
By Emily Cyr

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo is negotiating with Chinese authorities to replace its female giant panda, Mei Xiang, when her 10-year lease expires in December.

Zoo officials believe Mei Xiang may have fertility problems, which is why she and the zoo's male panda, Tian Tian, have only produced one cub.

There is also the possibility that both pandas will stay at the zoo, or both pandas may be shipped back to China to be replaced by a new pair.

Zoo Director Dennis Kelly says all options are still on the table.

Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are owned by China and are leased to the National Zoo for $1 million a year.
When the temperature rises in DC, the pandas hit the ice

Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta's Giant Panda Lun Lun May be Expecting
Thursday, 01 Jul 2010

ATLANTA, Ga. – Zoo Atlanta officials say that giant panda Lun Lun may be expecting her third cub. The announcement was made Thursday.

Tests indicate a pregnancy after Zoo Atlanta's animal care team and outside experts opted to employ artificial insemination after Lun Lun and 12-year-old Yang Yang, failed to mate during Lun Lun's critically brief window of fertiliity, say Zoo Atlanta officials.
News from a Member

Congratulations go out to Liam!

In an effort to raise awareness and funds for the giant pandas, Liam set a goal to reach the summit of 3 mountain peaks in 24 hours! He successfully climbed Ben Nevins in Scotland, Scafell Pike in England and Mount Snowdon in Wales in 23 hours and 4 minutes!

When asked about his experience, Liam replied, "It was definitely the hardest thing that I have ever done!"but went on to say that he is already thinking of a new challenge for Summer 2011 with hopes of trekking to the base camp of Mount Everest in 2012.

 "I would hate for my children and grandchildren to never have the opportunity to see a living panda,"stated Liam as the reason he chose to take on this challenge.

To everyone who wrote a review on Great Nonprofits, we'd like to say thank you and share just a couple with everyone else!
  • The dedication of Suzanne Braden and other staff at Pandas International has impressed me again and again. Their work on behalf of giant pandas is very personal to them and is done out of pure love for this beautiful species that has been driven to the brink of extinction by human encroachment on their habitat. After the terrible earthquake in Sichuan Province, Suzanne rushed to provide whatever help she could to the pandas and their caretakers. She continues to work closely with the Chinese staff to secure the supplies and equipment needed to breed and nurture captive pandas and establish a population large enough to ensure the survival of the species.
  • The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were... outstanding!!! There are no harder working and dedicated people around. For a small group they do a HUGE job!! Kudos to all of the Pandas International staff!!!
News from right here in Denver, Colorado
Pandas were a huge sensation at the Dragon Boat Festival
July 24- 25, 2010, Denver, CO

Pandas International had a sensational weekend at the Dragon Boat Festival and we would like to thank everyone who made it possible! We truly enjoyed visiting with old friends and meeting new ones. By all accounts, the children loved making their own Panda Fans in our Kid Zone!

Sincerest thanks to all our volunteers, Jerry Braden, Liz Evans, Delaney and Kelsey Gamble, Candice Konishi, JJ, Mark and Margaret Lai, Steve Lawrence, Diane Lindner, Steve and Stephanie Moss, Luke, Andrea and Caden Muller, Emily Myer, Ali, Valerie Schultz, Frank and Kim Sheremata, who welcomed visitors with great enthusiasm!

The Denver Post Cupcake Contest
These 3 take the (cup)cake
By Tucker Shaw
Denver Post Food Editor

In June, we asked readers to submit their original cupcake designs for the first Denver Post Cupcake Contest — to be judged purely on looks, not taste. We received an overwhelming number of entries. Some were beautiful, some were charming, some were just plain cute

In the very first Denver Post Cupcake Contest, these champion confections iced the competition.
And finally we would like to welcome
our newest Panda Partner

Spirit Hoods LLC is the manufacturer of a unique line of animal inspired clothing for men, women, and children. They are based and manufactured out of Los Angeles with offices in Portland, Oregon as well.

They believe in the conservation and protection of both the planet and its animals, and to help give back they've partnered with and are actively donating a portion of their online proceeds to several non-profit organizations dedicated to wildlife conservation. They call this Product Blue and have joined Pandas International's efforts to save the giant panda.
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