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Giant Panda News


February 21, 2013

Dear [[First_Name]],

Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer is the lead veterinarian at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's Department of Conservation Medicine. In the past few months she and other Zoo scientists have traveled to China for different giant panda conservation initatives. Below she writes about some of their trips.

The past few months have been very busy. In November I traveled to China with Dr. Elizabeth Freeman from George Mason University, thanks to a donation from the Ford Motor Company Fund, for the annual Giant Panda Technical Meeting in Chengdu, China. The Technical meeting is a two-to-four-day meeting that is hosted annually in China. All of the giant panda scientists worldwide go which is probably around 100 people. During the meeting we participated in discussions with giant panda experts in China on current reintroduction projects, emerging giant panda health concerns, and reproductive studies. Chinese scientists are working exclusively on the reintroduction projects, but it was interesting to hear what they have been doing. Last year one young male panda was introduced into the wild. He was born in human care, but his mother was born in the wild. That was part of a CWCA (Chinese Wildlife Conservation Administration) project. And one of our very own SCBI scientists, Jon Ballou, talked about giant panda genetics. Each presentation was given in both English and Chinese thanks to the help of translators. My presentation was translated simultaneously into Chinese as I was speaking.

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