Get a room! Ueno Zoo's bashful pandas try for a baby

Feb 5, 2016

Get a room! Ueno Zoo's bashful pandas try for a baby

Two giant pandas at Tokyo’s Ueno Zoo have been given some private time in a bid to create a romantic environment in which the bashful creatures can mate. Public viewing was halted on Thursday in the hope that male Ri Ri — who zookeepers ...

Free choice of mate may boost pandas' sex drive

Dec 26, 2015

Free choice of mate may boost pandas' sex drive

Worried about the low sex drive of giant pandas in zoos, scientists have tried many things to get them in the mood — not least Viagra and “panda porn.” When all else failed, they have often had to rely on artificial insemination to ensure ...

Hong Kong giant panda becomes oldest ever

Jul 28, 2015

Hong Kong giant panda becomes oldest ever

It may not be considered a landmark birthday for humans, but turning 37 on Tuesday made Hong Kong’s Jia Jia the oldest-ever giant panda in captivity, and she celebrated in style. The equivalent of more than 100 years old in human terms, Jia Jia ...

Pandas save energy like sloths: study

Jul 10, 2015

Pandas save energy like sloths: study

Giant pandas are the new couch potatoes of the animal world, according to a study Thursday that found the bears are just as sluggish as sloths. Researchers in China tracked five captive pandas and three wild ones for the study, published in the journal ...

Feb 6, 2015

Twin panda newborns named Ohin, Tohin

Twin female panda cubs born at the Adventure World amusement park in Wakayama Prefecture have been named Ohin and Tohin, the park said Friday. The names were selected from more than 10,000 suggestions submitted by the public following their births on Dec. 2 to ...

China announces birth of rare panda triplets

Aug 12, 2014

China announces birth of rare panda triplets

China announced Tuesday the birth of extremely rare panda triplets in a further success for the country’s artificial breeding program. The three cubs were born July 29 in the southern city of Guangzhou, but breeders delayed an announcement until they were sure all three ...

Ueno Zoo gives pandas privacy as mating season starts

Mar 6, 2014

Ueno Zoo gives pandas privacy as mating season starts

Ueno Zoo is to shutter its panda display in hopes of encouraging the famously lethargic creatures to concentrate on mating without the distraction of spectators, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. Starting Thursday, Shin Shin and her companion, Ri Ri, will be given a bit of ...

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

Jan 14, 2014

Sendai's plan to lease pandas stalls

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“Have the pandas gone back to China already?” a young schoolgirl asked last spring at Yagiyama Zoological Park in tsunami-hit Sendai. Zookeeper Toshikazu Abe was at a loss for words. Indeed, Japanese and Chinese leaders had agreed in December 2011 for China to lease ...