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Giant panda News Archive

May. 17, 2013
Maintaining the genetic diversity of giant pandas living in human care is a science?an exact science. SCBI scientist Jonathan Ballou determines how well-represented an individual panda's genes are in... read more
Apr. 30, 2013
We have some exciting news for all of our panda cam watchers! The panda cams, sponsored by the Ford Motor Company Fund, are going to be gradually upgraded. But in order to make the changes the cams wi... read more
Apr. 17, 2013
Both Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are returning to their normal routines, following the breeding season. Occasionally, we are still seeing some scent-marking or some restlessness, but their appetites have... read more
Apr. 09, 2013
This week's Giant Panda Update is from Mike Maslanka, head of the Department of Nutrition Science at the Zoo.It's 6:15 a.m. It's dark and cold outside. Many folks around D.C. are still arguing with th... read more
Apr. 01, 2013
Reproductive scientists and veterinarians from the Smithsonian's National Zoo alongside Tang Chunxiang, the assistant director and chief veterinarian of the China Conservation and Research Center for... read more
Mar. 30, 2013
Spring has sprung and the giant pandas are breeding again at the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Scientists detected a rise in urinary estrogens March 26, in its female giant panda Mei Xiang (may-SHONG).... read more
Mar. 27, 2013
Breeding season has arrived! Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are exhibiting behaviors indicating that they are ready to breed; and Mei Xiang's hormones have begun to rise. That rise indicates that she is in e... read more
Mar. 22, 2013
This week's giant panda news features a behavior update from keeper, Nicole MacCorkle.Both Mei's and Tian's appetites have decreased a bit this week. Tian is bleating more at Mei (a high pitched conta... read more
Mar. 15, 2013
We are continuing to monitor Mei Xiang's hormone levels very closely, but her hormones are still at baseline. Once Mei Xiang's hormones begin to rise we will know that she has entered estrus. Though s... read more
Mar. 08, 2013
Dr. Pierre Comizzoli is a reproductive cryobiologist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute. In this giant panda update he explains how the Zoo stores semen for endagered wildlife, which ca... read more
Feb. 27, 2013
In addition to the research Zoo scientists and their Chinese colleagues conduct on giant pandas, they also study red pandas. In this update Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer, lead veterinarian at the Smithsoni... read more
Feb. 21, 2013
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 trav... read more
Feb. 14, 2013
Over the next few months we'll be bringing you giant panda updates that will focus on Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, and the research Zoo scientists conduct related to giant pandas around the world. You'll... read more
Feb. 07, 2013
Seven days and counting. . . If you're a panda fan or if you know a panda fan—we have the perfect Valentine's Day gift for you! Send a giant panda Critter Cupid — complete with a special video feat... read more
Jan. 29, 2013
Mei Xiang's den has been transformed for the new breeding season! Observant panda cam viewers have no doubt seen the difference in the configuration of the barred barriers. By shifting the angle of th... read more
Jan. 18, 2013
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 p... read more