Record Panda Breeding
October 13, Wolong, Sichuan Province: Panda cubs crawl on the ground at the Shenshuping protection base. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong has celebrated the births of a record 42 panda cubs this year. The 42 cubs were born to 30 mothers. The 17 born at the Ya’an Bifengxia base in Sichuan made their public debut on October 13. The others met fans at the Shenshuping protection base in Wolong National Nature Reserve. “The population of cubs born this year shows our preservation and breeding techniques have matured,” remarked Zhang Hemin, deputy head of the center.
With the development of breeding technology, the population of giant pandas born in captivity in China has risen from just six in 1983 to 273 this year, accounting for over 60 percent of the world’s captive pandas. Giant pandas are endangered and live mainly in the mountains of northern Sichuan Province as well as southern Gansu and Shaanxi provinces.