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Orphaned Polar Cub

This orphaned polar bear cub was adopted by members of a 1905 Arctic expedition after they shot its mother, who had been circling their boat in search of food. “We lassoed the cub and brought it to the ship,” recounted expedition leader W. S. Champ. But the little bear was frantic. “I was going down

Mei Xiang Artificially Inseminated

/ Post by Pandas International Mei Xiang, the Smithsonian National Zoo’s female Giant Panda, was left alone to try to mate with male Tian Tian during her breeding cycle but, once again, the two pandas were not successful in mating on their own.  Mei Xiang has given birth to two cubs in the past. The

On The Anniversary Of Tai Shan’s Departure From The US, He Embarks On His Next Adventure

/ Post by Pandas International This week marked a very emotional anniversary for US-based Tai Shan fans who bid a teary farewell to the beloved panda on February 4, 2010 when he left his home at the National Zoo in D.C. for China. Like his parents, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, Tai Shan is the

Why Are Pandas ‘Challenged’ At Reproducing

/ Post from the Smithsonian National Zoo via Pandas International One of the biggest questions scientists at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) were working hand-in-hand with their colleagues in China to understand in the late 1990s was: why are pandas ‘challenged’ at reproducing? Almost a decade later, scientists are still answering questions about giant

Growth And Development Of Giant Panda Cubs: A Timeline

/ Post by Pandas International via the National and San Diego Zoos It appears that the world has fallen in love with Xiao Liwu – Bai Yun’s cub at the San Diego Zoo.  As we watch him grow, we thought it would be fun to give you some basic facts (via the National Zoo) about cub