“Xue Xue,” born on Aug. 15, 2012 at theWolong Hetaoping Wild Training Base of CCRCGP was released on October 14, 2014.
Two years of training at the base have taught Xue Xue to search for food and water while avoiding predators in the Liziping Nature Reserve.
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China started sending captive-bred pandas into the wild in 2006 when five-year-old male Xiang Xiang was released. However, Xiang Xiang died after fighting with other pandas over food and territory roughly a year later.
In October 2012, Tao Tao, a male, was successfully released in the Liziping Nature Reserve. In November 2013, Zhang Xiang became China’s first artificially-bred female giant panda to be released.
“This release is different from previous ones, as Xue Xue’s parents are both captive-bred giant pandas, which shows that our wild training has improved,” said Zhang Hemin, director of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda of Wolong.
Another panda, two-year-old female Xin Yuan, is expected to be released in November.
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