Posts Tagged ‘Giant panda’

14 baby pandas in one crib

September 24, 2013

Giant Pandas must be one of the most loved and yet most unsuccessful species ever. They have come to an evolutionary dead-end. They don’t seem particularly interested in their own survival either. They just don’t like to mate and eat only bamboo. They are not hunted by any predators but there are only some 2000 left in the wild. Apart from looking cute and cuddly they don’t play much part in any ecological balance. But these cubs are worth more than their weight in gold. A panda cub can be rented to a Western zoo for about $1 million per year.

Human “conservation” efforts seem to be focused on eradicating successful species and helping the unsuccessful ones. But pandas are incredibly cute.

14 pandas born between June and September 2013 at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base

BBC:

A group of 14 panda cubs have been put on display in China.

The 14 cubs were artificially bred in the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base in south-west China’s Sichuan province.

Born between July and September this year, they are currently being raised in two delivery rooms at the base.

The eldest, Meng Meng, is four times heavier than the youngest, Ya Yi.

A brown and white panda

August 29, 2013

A brown panda named Qizai in a wildlife research center in northwest China’s Shannxi Province. (Photo: CCTV)

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/china/2013-08/25/c_132660293.htm

UPI:

The four-year-old male, named Qizai (“Little Seven”), is one of only five brown pandas discovered since 1985 and the only one in captivity, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported Monday.

Qizai was first spotted as a two-month-old cub in a mountainous region of Shaanxi Province — the only known area to contain brown pandas — nearly four years ago. Around 20 percent of China’s total panda population, around 300 animals, live in the region, researchers said.

One expert who has been conducting research in the region for 20 years suggests brown pandas may be a result of a recessive gene and inbreeding.

“The habitat in the Qinling Mountains is seriously fragmented and the population density is very high,” Tiejun Wang, a spatial ecologist at the University of Twente in Enschede, the Netherlands, was quoted as saying by the journal Nature. “The brown pandas could be an indication of local inbreeding.”

 


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