China breeds 21 giant pandas in 2005
Updated: 2006-01-01 20:54
Twenty-one giant pandas born in China's breeding centers and zoos in 2005
have survived, the largest annual increase since China reared the endangered
mammal in captivity, the State Forestry Administration announced.
These newborns mainly live in Wolong and Chengdu in west China's Sichuan
Province, northwest China's Shaanxi Province and the Beijing Zoo, the
Sixteen panda babies born in 11 births in the Wolong Giant Panda Research
Center all survived, accounting for about 76 percent of the increase across the
country in 2005, the administration said.
To date China has 183 giant pandas fed in captivity. Among them, 98 live in
Wolong, 46 in the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base.
In addition, 24 Chinese giant pandas guest in nine zoos in five countries
including the United States, Japan, Germany, Austria and Thailand for joint