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Cheng du Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Official Site)
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panda : a large black-and-white mammal (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) of chiefly central China that feeds primarily on bamboo shoots and is now usually classified with the bears (family Ursidae) See also Red Panda — Webster
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Using digital cameras for basic health checks...
on February 13, 2020 at 3:00 pm
A pilot study undertaken by researchers from the University of South Australia at Adelaide Zoo, has developed a new way to undertake basic health checks of exotic wildlife using a digital camera.
Researchers announce extinction of the Chinese...
on February 13, 2020 at 1:46 pm
The new decade 2020 began with the sad announcement that another species is now extinct—the Chinese Paddlefish (Psephurus gladius), a close relative of the sturgeon family. A paper by Chinese scientists concluded (based on IUCN criteria) that after 200 million years, the "Panda of the Yangtze" which reached up to 7m is now gone from the Yangtze forever. Although the paper received wide coverage in international media, unfortunately it only marked the scientific notification of a fate […]
Size matters! What drives zoo attendance and how...
on February 4, 2020 at 4:00 pm
Scientists from Trinity College Dublin, Species360 and NUI Galway have quantified what drives attendance to zoos by assessing how variations in animal collections affect footfall. Crucially, they link their findings to the contributions made to conservation efforts in situ (in the wild), and find that zoos are making significant, positive impacts on our attempts to conserve biodiversity.
Berlin's panda twins ready for public debut
on January 29, 2020 at 9:10 pm
Two panda cubs born at Berlin Zoo last year charmed local media on Wednesday, a day before their debut in front of the general public.
Chinese paddlefish declared extinct
on January 8, 2020 at 2:15 pm
A team of researchers at the Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences in Wuhan, China has declared the Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius) as extinct. In their paper published in the journal Science of The Total Environment, the group describes their study of the large fish and outline why they believe it has gone extinct.
Why are giant pandas born so tiny?
on December 13, 2019 at 7:33 pm
Born pink, blind, and helpless, giant pandas typically weigh about 100 grams at birth—the equivalent of a stick of butter. Their mothers are 900 times more massive than that.
Boy oh boy! Twin male pandas charm Berlin zoo
on December 9, 2019 at 12:21 pm
The cuteness level at Berlin Zoo doubled on Monday when a pair of twin panda cubs made their public debut, with the zoo revealing the cuddly bundles of fur were both boys.
The wellbeing connection
on December 4, 2019 at 5:50 pm
Soya and beef from South America, timber from Russia, fish from China—in an era of globalisation, central Europe has become a market for animal and plant products from all over the world. But in addition to these tangible goods, faraway ecosystems also supply intangible or cultural services that do not appear in any trade balance sheet. For example, they provide habitats for species whose existence is of interest to many Europeans.
The eagles have landed: Singapore shows off rare...
on November 27, 2019 at 11:30 am
Singapore showed off two critically-endangered eagles Wednesday that were loaned from the Philippines as part of a breeding programme to reverse the dwindling numbers of the feathered giants.
Red-listed red panda caught red-handed on camera
on November 26, 2019 at 3:41 pm
Contrary to popular belief, life is not always black and white. And the same goes for pandas.