Giant Panda Mating

Image courtesy of Smithsonian's National Zoological Park
February 2, 2011
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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. The procedure took place nine days after Zoo Director Dennis Kelly and Zang Chunlin, Secretary General of the China Wildlife Conservation Association, signed the Giant Panda Cooperative Research and Breeding Agreement, extending the giant panda program at the Zoo for five more years.  (Mehgan Murphy, Smithsonian’s National Zoo).

From left to right: Zoo reproductive physiologist Pierre Comizzoli, China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda chief veterinarian Tang Chunxiang and Zoo chief veterinarian Suzan Murray.