#PandaStory: Nine Weeks Old
October 26, 2020

This update was written by Asia Trail curator Michael Brown-Palsgrove and giant panda keeper Marty Dearie.

Mei Xiang continues to be a devoted mother to her cub. Now that he is larger and can regulate his own body temperature, she feels comfortable leaving the den for longer periods to eat. Mei Xiang’s appetite has returned to normal; these days, she eats approximately 30 kilograms (66 pounds) of bamboo every day.

Mei Xiang has developed a schedule of sorts and leaves the den routinely once in the morning, once in the afternoon and several times overnight. Sometimes, she chooses to bring a few stalks of bamboo back to the den as a convenient snack for later.

Now that it is finally starting to feel like Autumn in the Washington, D.C. area, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian will soon transition from eating only the tender leaves of the bamboo to also consuming the dense, hearty culm (the stalk). During winter and spring, Mei Xiang and Tian Tian are partial to a species called yellow groove bamboo, which gets its name from the yellow indentation that runs down the culm.

'Energetic' panda cub in Ouwehand Zoo is a male
Fan Xing, the panda cub in Ouwehands Zoo, is a male. The zoo announced on Wednesday that the sex was recently determined.

The sex of the nearly six-month-old panda was not yet known because he and his mother Wu Wen were left alone.

Fan Xing, a name that refers to the world-famous painting The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh, stayed in the maternity den with his mother until recently.

Fan Xing is now also exploring the adjoining enclosures and nibbling on bamboo, reports the Ouwehands Zoo.

Recently the panda got a health check. "The cub is energetic, powerful and has good motor skills", says José Kok of the Zoology department. The gender was also determined during this health check.

The cub was born after the mating of Wu Wen and Xing Ya, giant pandas borrowed by the Netherlands from China. The panda parents may stay in the Netherlands until 2032, but any cubs belong to China. Fan Xing can stay in the Netherlands for a maximum of four years. Then he will go to China, where he will contribute to an international breeding program to conserve the species.

Fan Xing is expected to be shown to the public in mid-November.

Wild giant panda mother, cub captured
on camera in SW China

An infrared camera has captured footage of a wild giant panda mother and her cub in a nature reserve in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

The 15-second video clip showed the cub, estimated to be around 1 year old, wandering in a bamboo grove behind its mother at the Fengtongzhai National Nature Reserve, according to the reserve's management authority on Monday.
It is the second time a wild giant panda mother and cub have been captured by infrared cameras in the reserve, following an earlier sighting in November 2019.
Another camera in the reserve also captured footage of a giant panda marking its territory in the woods, according to the authority.

Cute alert! World's only captive brown
giant panda has good appetite
Qi Zai, the world's only captive brown giant panda, shows his good appetite at the Qinling breeding and research center for the giant panda in northwest China's Shaanxi Province. Besides bamboo, carrot is also among Qi Zai's favorite food. With a weight of more than 110 kilograms, Qi Zai eats more than 80 kilograms of bamboo every day, together with apples, carrots and other fruits and vegetables. The male brown-and-white panda, born in 2009, was adopted last year by Pandas International, a Denver-headquartered non-profit organization, which aims at ensuring the preservation and promotion of the giant panda.

The Wealthy Kids Run
for the Pandas
During lockdown we decided to raise money for your charity. We are four cousins (aged 7,8,9 and 11 years old) and we live in two different households. To raise the money, we ran 1864 meters (one meter for every panda living in the wild) every day for ten days and asked friends and family to sponsor us. We sold plants out the front of our houses and Eve made t-shirts with drawings of pandas on for us to wear when we did our run. We wanted to raise money for you because we love animals and wanted to save them and their habitat. We raised £383! We look forward to hearing from you and hope that our money helps save pandas in the wild.

From Eve, Merryn, Reuben and Sam Wealthy

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We wanted to create an activity that allows us to devote all our time to it, therefore lucrative, while giving it meaning, having a positive impact.

We therefore created Fauna, to help a cause that is particularly close to our hearts, that of animals.

Fauna gives back to Pandas International for each Panda bracelet sold.

New Holiday Cards Have Arrived

Thank you to Erica Vojnich for designing our newest holiday card! Check out her latest design and some of her previous designs which are only found at Pandas International.

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