Panda Month in Washington(20040408)Chinese giant pandas Tian Tian and Mei Xiang eat bamboo at Washington National Zoo here April 6, 2004. Anthony A. Williams, mayor of Washington, declared here on Tuesday that April has been designated as the month of panda. The two giant pandas from southwest China's Sichuan Province arrived in the United States in December 2000 and will live here for 10 years. (Xinhua )
Pandas receive medical examination(20040408)Doctors from Fuzhou Hospital of Nanjing Military Command take blood pressure of Ba Si, a grown male panda living in captivity at Giant Panda Research Center of Fuzhou, capital of East China's Fujian Province April 6, 2004. All pandas of the center have received overall medical examinations from the hospital over the past several days. The results show they are in good health. [newsphoto]
Panda cubs by the dozen coming soon(20040407)Two young pandas play in a specially designated "kindergarten" at the Bifengxia panda-breeding research base in Sichuan Province. [newsphoto]
Reproduction of panda(20040406)The picture taken on April 3, 2004 shows pregnant panda "Qizhen" at Chengdu Panda Artificial Reproduction Research Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province. China achieved a historic success in the artificial propagation of pandas in 2004, with 10 pandas being pregnant as of April. The past three years have witnessed a stready growth in the number of newly-born pandas in China thanks to the artificial reproduction techniques applied at Chengdu Panda Artificial Reproduction Research Center and Wolong Panda Protection Center, also in Sichuan Province.
Artificial insemination for giant panda(20040321)Beijing Zoo experts and staffs operate an artificial insemination for giant panda "Jini" on March 20, 2004. Jini is is her oestrum and the operation lasted about 30 minutes. Artificial insemination has proven to be an effective method to help rare and precious wildlife reproduce. This is the first time that the insemination process is opened to the media coverage.
Pandas mate(20040316)Chinese giant pandas "Yueyue" (female) and "Dadi" mate at the famous Wolong-based China Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in southwest China's Sichuan Province March 14, 2004. Pandas are usually in their mating season between March and May. Two female pandas at the center have been arranged for hybridization over the past few days.
"Huamei" will go out of quarantine(20040315)Huamei, the first panda bear born in the US, is eating bamboo on March 14. Huamei returned to Wolong on Feb 13 2004. Huamei was quarantined for 30 days since his return and will be lifted out of quarantine after March 15. Now he has completely adapted himself to the new environment at Wolong.
Pandas training in Sichuan Province(20040314)A raiser trains panda "Jiao Zi" for eye checkup in the Giant Panda Breeding Center near Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, March 12, 2004. Chinese and US experts are carrying out a three-month behavioural training course for the pandas in the center since last month. (Xinhua photo)
16 pandas born at breeding center(20040312)Giant panda Qing Qing, 20, enjoys a meal at a breeding center in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, yesterday. The panda has given birth to 13 babies since 1989. She is expected to deliver another litter this fall.(Xinhua)
US-born giant panda returns home to "get married"(20040214)The combo picture shows two giant pandas, one named Hua Mei (female, L) having breakfast at San Diego Zoo in the United States on Feb. 7, 2004 and the other named Zhuang Zhuang (male, R) waiting for Hua Mei's return at Wolong Panda Nature Reserve in southwest China's Sichuan Province on Feb. 12. Hua Mei£¬born in the United States in 1999£¬arrived in Beijing Thursday afternoon after more than 10 hours' journey by air. She is expected to arrive at the natural reserve on Friday to choose her "bridegroom" from four "candidates", among whom is Zhuang Zhuang. Hua Mei is expected to get married within one month at a new house specially reserved for her.