Record Panda Breed­ing

China Pictorial (English) - - Express News -

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.


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