Director of Giant Pandas Blog

June 13, 2014 § Leave a comment


by Iain Valentine, Director of Giant Pandas

So it is June and much has happened since our last update…

I am sure all of you have followed the news of the run up to and the outcome of the panda breeding season for 2014. As with previous years, it was an intensive time of monitoring behaviours and hormones in Tian Tian and our own expert team was supported throughout by Dr Chengdong Wang of the China Conservation & Research Centre for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP).

Panda-Symposium_Final-1FrontCoverWith Tian Tian’s behaviour not favourable enough for us to put Yang Guang and her physically together, we conducted one artificial insemination on Tian Tian the afternoon of 13 April. Despite us going quiet, a lot has been happening since and I promise to write more on the procedure and the results of recent test results from Tian Tian soon.

On this occasion, I wanted to share with you a very large piece of work which we have just completed and which has been made available to all of the participants of the Jaguar Land Rover China (JLR) Giant Panda Research Symposium which was held here in Edinburgh in September last year.

The contents of the report is self-explanatory, but you will see that what it does is outline the important projects with panda conservation and research work which the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland will be looking to do here in the UK and in China over the next few years.

We know from many meetings that we have had with our Chinese partners, and various other meetings which we have had with other “panda zoos” around the world, that the in-house expertise that RZSS has, and the expertise of the world class institutes and universities which we are associated with, are very much needed to safeguard the future of giant pandas both in captivity and in the wild.

I have pleasure in sharing this important document (2MB pdf) with you and soon the full five year Giant Panda Research Strategy document will follow it.

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