As Nate mentioned earlier, Stephanie (our new intern) arrived just in the nick of time for breeding season to go into full swing. It’s as if the pandas new she’d be completely overwhelmed if they all went into estrous the first couple of days she arrived. We had four pandas go into estrous over the last four days and the weather decided to throw us some curve balls to boot!
Day 1: Stephanie arrived on the base to start scoring Su Lin and Yuan Yuan for pre-mating behaviors. Su Lin is a San Diego panda and this was her first year going into estrous.
Stephanie McMahon scoring the pre-mating behaviors of Su Lin and Yuan Yuan. Notice how she’s still smiling!
I’ve decided that “The Year of the Snake” just doesn’t cut it for a description of this years pandas so I’ve decided to rename the year to “The Year of the Arboreal Panda”. It seems like tree climbing is in the air (literally and figuratively) around the base this year for all the females. Continue reading →
Hai Zi and Dai Li mating in 2013. I’m the little blur in the background
The Portland Tribune has featured our panda research on the front page, emphasizing the importance of mate choice in zoos. Check out the article and let me know what you think! It’s perfect timing as March is the month for panda breeding.