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Cooperative research helps pandas and science

By Jiang Xueqing (China Daily)

10:07, January 09, 2012

(China Daily Photo)

YA'AN, Sichuan - Among all the fields of international research on giant pandas, breeding is the most prominent, experts said.

Since cooperative research started in 1994, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding has helped produce 13 cubs in Japan (11 survived), three in the United States and twins in Spain. The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda in Sichuan province contributed to the breeding of six cubs in the US, two in Austria and one in Thailand.

Any baby born to pandas on loan from China belongs to China, and the offspring are sent back at about age 4 to become part of the breeding population. So far, 11 of the pandas born overseas have returned.

In the process, the cooperative ventures have helped China raise its own level of animal breeding, feeding and research.

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