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« on: November 07, 2010, 06:06:19 PM »

Panda Cams at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C.
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/

"Giant pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are at the National Zoo on a ten-year loan from the China Wildlife Conservation Association."
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« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 06:20:26 AM »

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« Reply #2 on: December 26, 2010, 02:51:22 PM »

There are some new pictures of Tai Shan at PANDAS LIVE ON.

http://www.pandasliveon.com/
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« Reply #3 on: January 07, 2011, 02:54:41 PM »

From the National Zoo:

January 7

It is a happy and hopeful new year at the panda house. For the past two years Mei Xiang has come into estrus (her ovulatory period) in January. The average female panda experiences estrus between March and May, and Mei Xiang was on this more typical schedule up until 2009, when she surprised us with this very early estrus.

When females are in estrus, it's as though someone pushed a fast-forward button. They become very restless and pace, pausing to scent mark (rubbing their tails on surfaces) every few steps to announce their impending brief two-day window of fertility. One particular vocalization called a bleat is also heard during this time. A bleat is a contact call between pandas, heard when they interact with each other (or their keepers). Mei Xiang usually only emits this low, soft, sheepish sound when she is ready to mate. In 2010 her first recorded bleat was followed by peak estrus, just 11 days later. This year her first bleat was heard 20 days ago! So far Mei has yet to show any additional signs of estrus. We expectantly watch her behavior and monitor her hormones for a rise in her estrogen levels. Each year is a bit different, and so we are left guessing about her timing.

Tian Tian is ready, and no guess work is required. Unlike Mei, Tian bleats all year round to the keepers on a daily basis to indicate his need for food or attention. As a male panda, his male hormone testosterone rises in early winter in preparation for the breeding season. Tian becomes extremely restless and patrols his yard expectantly. If only it could rain female pandas! When he is rotated into Mei Xiang’s yards he inspects where she has been and leaves his scent mark behind. During this time he adds an odd hopping-forward motion when urinating to add spread and extra emphasis.

In the wild, male pandas have to compete with other males in their home ranges for breeding access to females. Studies have shown that placement of scent marks communicates the status, size, and maturity of males and females in the area. Tian Tian has recently taken to scent marking in trees, proving to all that he is truly a giant among pandas.

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« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2011, 03:01:33 PM »

Very interresting Panda info hermit-thanks  exclamation
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« Reply #5 on: January 12, 2011, 09:40:59 AM »

 nod2 Be nice if the TIAN's had a little one!  bigsmile
Maybe, just maybe Tian gets it right this time  lollol, certainly not lack of trying!
Maybe take that way or the AI......GO TAIN & MEI, Tai would like a long distant sibling!   wink2

Thanks for updates!
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« Reply #6 on: January 20, 2011, 05:37:12 AM »

from the New York Times this morning .. biggergrin2

The crowd-pleasing pandas Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will be allowed to stay at the Smithsonian National Zoo for five more years, Chinese officials announced Wednesday amid a state visit by China’s president, Hu Jintao. The pandas will remain until December 2015 for cooperative research under a five-year, $2.5 million extension of the 10-year, $10 million agreement that expired last month, said Zang Chunlin, secretary general of the China Wildlife Conservation Association. clap1
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« Reply #7 on: January 20, 2011, 02:29:35 PM »

Thank you, Birder.   bigsmile   That's such good news.    clap1
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« Reply #8 on: January 20, 2011, 05:23:34 PM »

GREAT NEWS!!!!!   biggergrin2  THANKS Birder!

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« Reply #9 on: January 22, 2011, 06:19:51 PM »

end of article reading.....

The agreement calls for Chinese scientists and breeding experts to visit the National Zoo to try new breeding methods. Also, if they aren't able to breed after two years, one or both of the pandas could be switched out for others from China.

Any cub born to the pair would now be allowed to stay four years, instead of the previous limit of two.

"cheering" MEI & TIAN on, you can do it exclamation  Be wonderful to keep you at NZ raising another wonderful Panda  Wink
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« Reply #10 on: January 31, 2011, 08:08:10 PM »

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From "PI"    clap1 clap1

Web Camera Coming Soon for Tai Shan
Notes from the Director
Several of you have asked recently about the progress of the Web Cam for Tai Shan. I need to apologize for the delay to everyone eager to see Tai Shan; especially to Mara Strock who provided the very generous funds for the Web Cam and the internet cable.

So many things can and did go wrong with the project. Weather in the region caused multiple problems from delays in getting the cable laid to damage to some of the equipment. Poor link ups and slow bandwidth caused more problems.

Please know all of us at Pandas International as well as Ms. Strock, are disappointed it has taken so long. It is especially frustrating to our dedicated Board Vice-Chair Sherry Lummis in China overseeing the project.

But Sherry tells me things are moving and we are almost there. So please just try to be patient with us a little longer and hopefully we will all get to see Tai soon.

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« Reply #11 on: February 01, 2011, 01:48:33 AM »

What great news!   clap1  Thank you, MT.  happy
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« Reply #12 on: February 01, 2011, 09:14:51 AM »

MT Thanks for the awesome news..I can wait to see our LOVEABLE HUGGABLE TAI again love
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« Reply #13 on: February 01, 2011, 03:22:23 PM »

From the National Zoo:

February 1

The National Zoo’s giant panda mating season began early for the third consecutive year with female Mei Xiang (may-SHONG) and male Tian Tian (tee-YEN tee-YEN) attempting to mate Jan. 29. Mei Xiang continues her January ovulation pattern that started in 2009; historically her estrus occurred in March or April.

In accordance with the new Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement, reproductive experts from the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong and experts from the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute will collaborate on the breeding plan for Mei Xiang and Tian Tian for 2011 and 2012. Tang Chunxiang, the Chinese Center’s chief veterinarian, flew here last week to work with the Zoo’s panda team.

On Jan. 29, Tang, alongside Zoo scientists and veterinarians, performed the first of two nonsurgical artificial inseminations on Mei Xiang after it was determined that competent natural breeding between the pair had not occurred. Due in part to the bears’ rigorous attempts at natural mating, efforts to retrieve semen from Tian Tian was not successful. The team decided to thaw high-quality semen of Tian Tian collected and frozen in 2005. Mei Xiang was then anesthetized for the procedure. A second artificial insemination was performed Jan. 30.

“Both procedures went extremely well and the staff at the Zoo was happy to collaborate with Dr. Tang,” said Pierre Comizzoli, a research physiologist at the Zoo. “Comparing our process and Dr. Tang’s in China, we found our insemination techniques were very similar. Both countries really do have common practices in giant panda reproduction. We are all hopeful for a cub this spring.”


The full report is here:

http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/default.cfm#February1
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« Reply #14 on: February 03, 2011, 03:02:47 PM »

Sure hope the AI is effective!    Thanks Hermit

YES....can't wait to see TAI on cam again!!    bigsmile

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