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Happy Birthday, Suzanne!
May 15, 2011
Many fans and supporters wished Suzanne Braden, Director of Pandas International a very happy birthday. She was sent dozens and dozens of e-mails and messages with adorable Giant Panda pictures helping her to celebrate.

Giant Panda News
One of World’s Oldest Giant Pandas Dies at Age 34
May 18, 2011
Ming Ming currently the world's oldest Giant Panda, passed away on May 2 in southern China. She was rescued in 1979 from the mountains in the Sichuan Province and lived a good life up until her passing. "Ming Ming had always been weak ever since she was rescued," said Huang Zhi, one of her caretakers at China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, also in Sichuan, where she grew up. Despite her weakness, she somehow found the key to longevity outliving all other Giant Pandas except for two. Tao Tao died in 2008 at the age of 36 and Chang Chang passed away in 2002 at the age of 35.
Giant Panda Wildlife Training Improved
April 28, 2011
The reintroduction process going on at the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwest China’s Sichuan Province is continuing to improve daily. The new training area is approximately 3,000 meters above sea level, making it higher than the previous training area. Here the Giant Pandas are in charge of finding their own food and basically living without the aid of any humans. However, there have been more than 100 cameras set in place to watch the Giant Pandas every move and to make sure they are doing well. Two or three more female Giant Pandas and their cubs will be chosen again this year to participate in the reintroduction program. It is estimated that 3-5 Giant Pandas will be able to fully adapt to living in the wild.
Panda Center Prepares Cub for the Wild
May 10, 2011
Tao Tao, a nine month old Giant Panda, has begun the second step of his reintroduction process. Tao Tao was born to a captive father and a wild mother, Cao Cao at the Bifengxia Giant Panda base. Tao Tao and Cao Cao finished the first stage of their wilderness training and have just moved into the second of three stages last month. They have both been moved into an enclosure 40,000 square meters which has around 50 cameras to observe their daily behaviors. The final stage of the reintroduction program will take place in an enclosure 240,000 square meters.
The World of the Wild Giant Panda Trackers
May 17, 2011
Liang Chunping and Luo Chunping are panda trackers hired by the Wanglang National Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province which is home to almost 300 wild Giant Pandas. Liang and Luo are now collecting data for China’s fourth national Giant Panda consensus which will take place in June of this year.
Construction of the Panda Disease Control and Prevention Center to Start
According to the West China Metropolis Daily, the construction project of the Panda Disease Control and Prevention Center would start on May 4 in Shiqiao Village of Qingchengshan Township, Dujiangyan City, Sichuan Province. The center will cover a total area of around 51 hectares, with a total construction area of 12524 square meters, consisting of a veterinary hospital, 10 panda monitoring enclosures, 30 panda enclosures, a research center for disease control and prevention, capable of housing 40 Giant Pandas.

The Panda Disease Control and Prevention Center projects are funded by the Hong Kong government, with a total investment of 210 million Yuan, including 130 million Yuan (20 million dollars) for the construction project.

According to other news reports, Qingchengshan is located at the center of the triangle of Wolong, Chengdu and Bifengxia, only a short drive from the urban area of Chengdu and the Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport, making it easy to rescue and treat wild pandas or access the scientific and technological resources and medical service in Chengdu. In addition, the environment and climate there are said to suit Giant Pandas.

Thank you to Pandas Unlimited for your help with this article.
Giant Pandas Around the World
Taipei Zoo Giant Pandas Feast on Wild Hualien Bamboo
May 2, 2011
The Hualien County Government gave the two Giant Pandas at the Taipei Zoo a treat when they donated 300 kilograms (over 660 pounds) of bamboo shoots. Yuan Yuan and Tuan Tuan thoroughly enjoyed their bamboo shoot treats.

The female Giant Panda, Yuan Yuan, underwent artificial insemination earlier in the year. The wild bamboo shoots are the best nutritional source of food for helping to develop a healthy fetus. In recent days, it has been reported that Yuan Yuan is showing signs of being pregnant, though no fetus as yet has been detected yet.
United States Pandas
Panda Hormones, Hopes Rise Once More
May 17, 2011
Scientists at the National Zoo in Washington DC have detected a secondary rise in urinary progesterone levels in Mei Xiang. This could mean she might be pregnant. However, the only reliable true way of knowing if a Giant Panda is pregnant is to detect a fetus which many times doesn’t happen until the Giant Panda gives birth. Mei Xiang last gave birth in 2005 to Tai Shan who was sent back to China last year.
Po Explores Zoo Atlanta’s Outside Enclosure
May 12, 2011
On Wednesday Po went into the outside exhibit for the first time. He was curious, but slightly uncomfortable, as we expected. He explored the grass for a short time, but was more interested in the climbing structure. He walked all over the bottom level, but did not venture to the top. Once Lun Lun joined him outside, he stayed close to her. We have given Lun Lun and Po access to the outdoor exhibit every day since and slowly he is becoming more comfortable out there; however, he still sticks close to mom. It will not be long before Po becomes accustomed to his new environment. Perhaps once he discovers the cave or the grate at the bottom of the moat or the top of the climbing structure, he will have a new favorite place to sleep!

— Heather Baker Roberts, Carnivore Keeper II
Videos and Pictures



Panda lover with her Pandas International Panda backpack visiting the Memphis Zoo Giant Pandas.
14 cubs (born last year) celebrated the 3rd anniversary of the Wolong Earthquake by eating cake. All of the cubs born after the quake are now 3 years old and are doing well at Bifengxia. Video of Cao Cao and her cub Tao Tao in their wilderness training program.





Cousins Molly Fitzsimmons, 3, of Fort Collins, left, and Ava Smith, 4, of Superior share an umbrella Thursday as they walk through Old Town in Fort Collins with grandma Cindy Fitzsimmons of Nederland. /

Rich Abrahamson/The Coloradoan


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