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Giant Panda Media Kit

September 17, 2012
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Artificial Insemination of Giant Panda

Smithsonian’s National Zoo scientists and veterinarians perform an artificial insemination on Mei Xiang, female giant panda, Saturday, Jan. 9, 2010. 

Courtesy of the National Zoo

Giant Panda Mating

Image courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoological Park

Giant panda breeding expert Tang assists Smithsonian's National Zoological Park scientists and veterinarians during Mei Xiang's artificial insemination.

Panda Ultrasound

National Zoo staff perform an ultrasound on Mei Xiang

Photo Credit: Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian's National Zoo

VIDEO: The Science of Giant Panda Cubs at the Smithsonian's National Zoo

When animal care staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo need to know when to breed their pandas or when to expect a cub they turn to the Endocrine (Hormones) Research Lab at the Zoo's Front Royal, Va. facility. This lab--one of the largest in the world--is dedicated to enhancing the reproduction and well-being of animals living in zoos and in the wild.

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