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Giant Pandas -- Discussion

Post by queenie » Sun Feb 25, 2018 1:53 pm

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Post by queenie » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:21 pm

Giant Panda Global Awards 2017: The Winners
{a few unusual ones shown here more at the the site ~ they are adorable}
Posted by Jeroen Jacobs | Date: 2018 02 08 | In: Giant Panda Global Awards
The winners of the fifth annual Giant Panda Global Awards were revealed today at the Official Award Ceremony at Zoo Berlin.
The Giant Panda Global Awards are organized by www.GiantPandaGlobal.com to promote the important panda conservation work in China and abroad.
Panda fans from around the world were invited to vote for their favorite pandas, people and institutions from December 20, 2017 until January 21, 2018.
300.487 votes were registered during the one-month online voting in 12 categories. The highest number of voters came from China, France, the United States of America, Indonesia, Germany, Belgium, Austria, Canada, Japan, the United Kingdom, Malaysia, Australia, Thailand, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain, Singapore, South Korea, Russia and Denmark.
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The world's only brown and white giant panda in captivity, Qi Zai of SWARC, won the Gold Award as "Favorite Panda in China".
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Photo of last year's Gold Medal Winner for raising twins without assistance, with her twins ~ this is a gr8 feat because Pandas don't have a lot of energy from their diet of bamboo {why they nap a lot & possibly from a long time/generations with diminishing bamboo in the wild in their lineage}, but it helps them, the additions the zoos feed them, fruit, healthy biscuits, etc. & China's supplemental healthy food there in breeding centers, & plenty of bamboo= they are doing all they can do for them & what a blessing they give us especially our small children that get to see them, and the small children still in us} see details next post >
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Post by queenie » Sun Feb 25, 2018 2:54 pm

Tiergarten Schönbrunn / Zoo Vienna’s Yang Yang did what no panda mother in captivity has done before. She raised twins Fu Feng & Fu Ban without any human assistance. This amazing achievement made her the winner of the Gold Award in the category “Panda Personality of 2017”.
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Panda Cub of the Year Bronze-Award Winner Cao Cao's Cub >
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Post by queenie » Sun Feb 25, 2018 3:31 pm

The training and release of pandas into the wild, is a very involved & important project for China and Giant Panda preservation
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to go with the pink cub, Cao Cao's cub award winner in an above post, this is on National Zoo cam showing how panda birth can look using our cub Bao Bao, (close in name & you can see more of her on National Zoo Panda thread history on the forum, she is no longer on the cam as now in China, & almost 5 years old) :rh:
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Post by queenie » Sat Mar 03, 2018 3:22 pm

The above s'cap shows what it can look like right after panda birth, using Bao Bao's birth, and here is her brother Bei Bei 2 yrs. later and you will experience 2 things in my video

:vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S5gS9nDXRtg
Published on Sep 2, 2015 ~ 8/27/15~Don't Go Mama Mei~1.32min ~
we not only get to hear & see new 5-day-old Cubbie but how caring & self/sacrificing :rh: Mama Pandas are as Mei doesn't go, but turns right around, and comes back :huggie: Y-I :rh: Pandas!
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Post by queenie » Sun Mar 18, 2018 1:12 am

March 16, 2018~~~~ National Panda Day
Visiting These Bear-y Cute North Americans By Kelli Bender~Posted on March 16, 2018 at 12:30pm EDT
Put the brakes on your St. Patty’s party planning and rush to one of these zoos to spend March 16 cooing over these adorable black-and-white bears, as is tradition...
SAN DIEGO ZOO A hot spot for animal encounters, this California zoo has had great success with panda reproduction. The San Diego Zoo was the first U.S. zoo to have pandas born at its facility and raised into adulthood. The zoo is currently home to three adult giant pandas, female Bai Yun and males Gao Gao and Xiao Liwu.
at People Pets ~ {4 Zoos = San Diego, Atlanta, Memphis & Washington DC}
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9 facts to help you celebrate National Panda Day
It's National Panda Day! Here are some facts to help you celebrate.
Author: Japaira Ellison
Published: 3:26 PM EDT March 16, 2018
...The slow-moving bears originate from Southwestern China and have been around since China’s Han dynasty 206 BC. The highly prized pandas were believed to have mystical powers. China considers the panda bear a “national treasure.”
Pandas first came to the United States in 1972 when President Richard Nixon established relations with China. While visiting China, the former first lady, Pat Nixon expressed her love of the pandas. As a gift to Mrs. Nixon, China sent the first panda to the National Zoo in Washington, DC.
Outside of the U.S. Giant Pandas can also be found in zoos in Australia, Canada, Japan, Finland, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Thailand, Taiwan, Mexico, France, Singapore, Spain, Austria, Belgium and the United Kingdom.
Check out these 9 quick facts about panda bears:
1. Giant Pandas are an endangered species.
2. At birth they weigh about 4-8 ounces, and can grow to be 353 pounds.
3. Pandas can eat up to 14 hours a day and their diets mostly consist of bamboo stalks, shoots and roots.
4. Pandas do not hibernate.
5. Their scientific name is Ailuropoda melanoleuca, which means “black and white cat-foot”.
6. Baby Pandas are born pink and blind. They usually can see about six weeks after birth.
7. They are good climbers.
8. Pandas are usually shy animals, except when meeting for food or mating.
9. The panda bear life span is 15-25 years.
For more information about panda bears, visit: https://www.nationalgeographic.com/anim ... ant-panda/
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Post by queenie » Sat Mar 31, 2018 8:25 pm

B L E S S E D ~ E A S T E R ~ T O ~ A L L !
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Post by queenie » Fri Aug 21, 2020 5:49 pm

We have a new Cubby at National Zoo :rh: :pan: :grhug: Congratulations Mei Xiang & Zoo
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Giant Panda Cub Born at Smithsonian’s National Zoo
Aug. 21, 2020
Giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) gave birth to a cub at Smithsonian’s National Zoo today, Aug. 21. Animal care staff witnessed the birth at 6:35 p.m. Mei Xiang picked the cub up immediately and began cradling and caring for it. The panda team heard the cub vocalize and glimpsed the cub for the first time briefly immediately after the birth. They are monitoring Mei Xiang and her cub via the Zoo’s panda cams. A neonatal exam will be performed when keepers are able to retrieve the cub, which may take a few days. The sex of the cub will not be determined until a later date.
“Giant pandas are an international symbol of endangered wildlife and hope, and with the birth of this precious cub we are thrilled to offer the world a much-needed moment of pure joy,” said Steve Monfort, John and Adrienne Mars Director of the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute. “Because Mei Xiang is of advanced maternal age, we knew the chances of her having a cub were slim. However, we wanted to give her one more opportunity to contribute to her species’ survival. I am incredibly proud of our animal care and science teams, whose expertise in giant panda behavior was critical to this conservation success.”
Zoo veterinarians confirmed evidence of a fetus on an ultrasound Aug. 14 and Aug. 17. During the procedures, they saw clear images of a developing skeletal structure and strong blood flow within Mei Xiang’s uterus. It was a significant opportunity as Mei Xiang usually chooses not to participate in ultrasounds in the final weeks of her pregnancies and pseudopregnancies.
Female giant pandas are only in estrus, or able to become pregnant, for 24 to 72 hours each year. To determine the optimal time for artificial insemination, the Zoo’s expert team of panda keepers and a behavioral scientist closely watched Mei Xiang’s behavior, which is the best indicator, in addition to hormone analysis, that she has ovulated. These behaviors include an increase in positive vocalizations like bleats and chirps and walking backward with her tail up. Historically this behavior has tracked with peak estrogen and progesterone rise.
Reproductive scientists from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI) and Zoo veterinarians performed an artificial insemination on Mei Xiang March 22 with frozen semen collected from Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN). Mei Xiang turned 22 years old July 22. She is the oldest giant panda in the United States and the second oldest documented in the world to give birth. This is also the first time a Zoo in the United States has experienced a successful pregnancy and birth via artificial insemination using only frozen semen. Based on data from scientists in China and other zoos with pandas, females can breed into their early 20s. Tian Tian will turn 23 Aug. 27.
In late July, Mei Xiang exhibited behaviors consistent with pregnancy or pseudopregnancy. SCBI scientists confirmed that a secondary rise in Mei Xiang’s urinary progesterone levels began June 10. In the days leading up to parturition, Mei Xiang was sleeping more, eating less, nest-building and body licking.
The panda house at the David M. Rubenstein Family Giant Panda Habitat is currently closed to provide quiet for Mei Xiang and her cub. The panda team started a 24-hour-a-day behavior watch on the panda cams Aug. 14. As a public health precaution due to COVID-19, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute has updated its hours and entry requirements.
Mei Xiang has given birth to three surviving cubs: Tai Shan (tie-SHON), Bao Bao (BOW BOW) and Bei Bei (BAY BAY). Tai Shan was born July 9, 2005, and moved to China February 2010. Bao Bao was born Aug. 23, 2013, and moved to China in February 2017. Bei Bei was born Aug. 22, 2015, and moved to China in November 2019. As part of the Zoo’s cooperative breeding agreement with the China Wildlife Conservation Association, all cubs born at the Zoo move to China when they are 4 years old. The Zoo’s current cooperative breeding agreement expires in December 2020.
The Zoo will continue to provide updates on Mei Xiang and her cub through Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #PandaStory, and the Giant Panda e-newsletter.
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Post by JudyB » Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:10 pm

Wonderful news - thank you so much, queenie!

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Post by queenie » Fri Aug 21, 2020 6:27 pm

Hi Judy :ty: it is so exciting, they are so good/sweet with their cubbies :hug:
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