Panda pair at Ueno Zoo confirmed to have mated

Feb 27, 2017

Panda pair at Ueno Zoo confirmed to have mated

Hope for a new baby panda grew Monday as officials confirmed that a pair of giant pandas at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo had mated for the first time in four years. They said female panda Shin Shin and male Ri Ri, both 11, mated ...

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

Sep 24, 2016

Eats shoots, rarely breeds: Pandas still at risk

The giant panda may have been taken off the endangered species list, but the emblematic black and white bear still faces a plethora of risks, including epidemics and climate change, Chinese breeding centers say. Every morning, with the dawn light shimmering on their patchy ...

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 ...