Panda cubs have ID microchips
All 17 pandas born last year at Shenshuping protection base in Sichuan’s Wolong National Nature Reserve have had ID microchips implanted to trace their movements and keep records of their growth. “The ID chip is half the size of a grain of rice,” says Li Desheng of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda. “It contains a unique identification code and, using a sensor, the panda’s basic information such as health records and age can be retrieved.” Li says detailed records will be stored on a computer database to better analyze and manage the pandas. All pandas at the center, except those that are too old, now have the chips implanted.