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.
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