Reporters learned from the State Forestry Administration (SFA) that with Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan's safe arrival in Taipei, China's work of breeding giant pandas raised in captivity has successfully come to an end for 2008. Breeding efforts resulted in 35 baby giant pandas from 23 instances of birth, 31 of which survived. So far, the population of China's captive-raised giant pandas numbers 268 and the artificial breeding of giant pandas has reached a sustainable level.
Cao Qingyao, the spokesperson of the SFA and Director of the SFA Information Office, said the national breeding work of captive-raised giant pandas in 2008 has overcome the impact of the Wenchuan earthquake and achieved satisfactory results. The breeding efforts of the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan resulted in 10 births with 15 baby pandas, of which 13 survived. Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding was successful with 11 births producing 17 baby giant pandas, 16 of which survived. Shaanxi Rescuing & Raising Research Centre for Rare Wild Animals has bred three giant pandas in two births, two of which survived. The population of artificially-bred giant pandas has been stabilized, and their hereditary genes have been enriched. China's artificial breeding of giant pandas has reached a level of sustainable development.
By People's Daily Online