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Panda-nomics: China Swaps Cuddly Bears for Resources

October 15, 2013
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China has 50 giant pandas on loan to various countries and almost all the bears went to countries with investment or trade deals with China.

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Giant Pandas

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National Geographic (Mar. 18, 2012) — Habitat loss and slow natural reproduction have landed pandas on the endangered list. At China’s Wolong Nature Reserve, scientists oversee an innovative captive breeding program that uses artificial insemination to attempt to increase panda populations faster. However, a major earthquake in 2008 destroyed the panda’s habitat and cut off their food, threatening the breeding season. Wild Chronicles reports from China on the state of the panda.
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National Zoo Reveals Baby Panda's Gender and Father

National Zoo Reveals Baby Panda's Gender and Father

Buzz60 (Sep. 5, 2013) — The Smithsonian's National Zoo announces its new baby panda is a girl, and the father is National Zoo panda Tian Tian. Mother panda, Mei Xiang, gave birth a few weeks ago, but it takes time to determine the gender. The mother was artificially inseminated by sperm from two pandas, and as Gillian Pensavalle (@GillianWithaG) reports, this may be the cutest paternity test ever.
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China Launches 24-Hour Live Panda Channel

China Launches 24-Hour Live Panda Channel

Buzz60 (July 29, 2013) — The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China is launching a free 24-hour live web video channel called iPanda, using 28 cameras to capture every move the more than 80 bears at the base make. Jen Markham has the story.
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Panda Diplomacy from China

Panda Diplomacy from China

Reuters (Jan. 14, 2012) — China's "panda diplomacy" in full force as officials prepare to transfer a pair of three-year-old bears to France in a gesture of goodwill.
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