According to statisticbrain.com (8/26/12), the number of endangered species in zoo captivity totals 1000 species. Captive breeding programs help ensure species do not go extinct. Here are some of the bears that were born in 2012 and one important birth that may change how Pandas are reproduced.
– Twin Polar Bears were born at the Dutch Ouwehands Dierenpark zoo in Rhenen. Another Polar bear cub was born January 4th at the Wuppertal Zoo inGermany.
– Polar bears are listed as vulnerable with a decreasing population.
Bai Yun, a 21 year old panda at the San Diego Zoo, set the record for most cubs born in captivity (6 cubs) on July 29, 2012. The new cub was recently named XIAO LIWU (meaning “little gift”).
– Twin Andean bear cubs were born at the National Zoo December 13, 2012. Andean bears (or Spectacled bears) are listed as vulnerable.
This cat’s birth shows promise for pandas
One special African Black-Footed cat was born to a surrogate American domestic cat by embryo transfer. The kitten was born February 6th, but her father’s sperm was frozen in 2003. In 2005 the sperm was thawed and combined with an egg, then thawed again in 2011 for transfer to the American cat. This technique may eventually be used to increase Panda Bear reproduction through cloning and transfer to other bear species.
Chris Morgan is a PBS host who has narrated many different programs on PBS including Animal Homes which airing on PBS Nature on April 8th, 15th and 22nd 2015.
Animal Homes used stunning visual imagery and computer graphics to inform viewers about different animal species and the homes they create.
Everything from the tiniest of birds next to bear dens were explored in the program.
If you’d like to see more programs from Chris check out BEARTREK, an epic global adventure to the world’s wildest places. And a campaign to protect them.