Zoo Atlanta News, Birth of Twin Giant Pandas

I just learned on the evening news that “Lun Lun”, the 15-year-old giant panda, gave birth to twins on July 15, 2013 at Zoo Atlanta and according to Chinese tradition they won’t be named until they are 100 days old.

These cubs are the first giant pandas to be born in the U.S. in 2013 and the first twins to be born in the U.S. since 1987 [Full article here] . Here’s an “Update on  the giant panda twins! “[Full article here] from Zoo Atlanta.

Zoo Atlanta Panda Exhibit April 2012

The last time I visited Zoo Atlanta was over a year ago. Guess it’s time to re-visit the Giant Panda Conservation Center soon.

(Note): “Fewer than 1,600 giant pandas are believed to remain in the wild, where funds from Zoo Atlanta are used to support giant pandas living in eight different nature reserves in China. In 2012, Zoo Atlanta received the distinguished International Conservation Award from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums for its long-term commitment to the species.”

Written and Photographed by Mary Gilmartin, July 17, 2013

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5 responses to “Zoo Atlanta News, Birth of Twin Giant Pandas

  1. Great news! The pandas are such cute creatures. The naming tradition is more due to high ‘infant’ mortality rate in the past–you don’t name so as not to anger the gods by celebrating too early. I am sure the pandas will survive under such good care. 🙂

  2. We have just returned from China where we saw the pandas (well, sort of!) munching on bamboo shoots in the shade at the Beijing Zoo! So exciting. I’ll post pics as soon as I sort all my photos! Excited about these so close to home. http://ohtheplaceswesee.com

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