The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda has celebrated the birth of a record 42 panda cubs this year.
The 42 cubs were born to 30 mothers. The 17 born at the Ya’an Bifengxia base made their debut Friday. The others met the public at the Wolong Geng Da base.
“The number of cubs born this year shows our preservation and breeding techniques have matured,” said Zhang Hemin, deputy head of the center.
The estrous rate of pandas was 95 percent, while fertility rate and survival rate of cubs reached 87 percent and 95 percent respectively this year, Zhang added.