The 21st Annual Conference of the Chinese Committee of Breeding Techniques for Giant Pandas was successfully held in Changsha, Hunan from November 8-10, 2011.
Over 100 delegates from China and abroad attended. Delegates included government administrative department representatives, associations, giant panda holding institutions, nature reserves, international conservation organizations and universities.
Hu Zhongping (Vice President and Secretary General of the Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens) opened the meeting.
Welcome speeches were delivered by Zhang Shanning (Head of the Giant Panda Protection Division of State Forest Administration), Wu Jianbo (Director of the Hu Nan Forestry Bureau) & Zhong Changgui (Director of the Changsha Garden Bureau)
Dr. Zhang Zhihe (Director of the Chinese Committee of Breeding Techniques for Giant Pandas) presented the ‘2011 Working Report of Giant Panda Breeding Technology Committee of China’.
He reviewed the progress of captive giant pandas breeding in 2011, scientific research, international cooperation, and conservation education and infrastructure construction.
The breeding focus was shifted from quantity to quality, with a high priority placed on the quality of the population. So the number of newborns was reduced by 1/3 compared with last year. Some females were removed from the breeding population so that they could act as nurturers and teachers in both Chengdu & Wolong.
For the first time since 2004, no panda cub was born outside of China. The panda mothers in Atlanta, Madrid, Shirahama, & Vienna are still fostering cubs and did not take part in the breeding program this year.
Dr. Zhang then analyzed new challenges encountered by giant panda holding institutions including enhancing quality of the captive population, the security of captive giant panda population, and giant panda reintroduction. He then proposed some suggestions regarding these problems, and outlined the focus for 2012.
Delegates from America, Japan, Austria, Australia, Thailand, Taiwan, Macau, Hong Kong and China made presentations regarding their observations and research into reproduction, genetics, ethology, veterinary sciences, ecology, ecological rehabilitation, and conservation education.
Zhang Zhihe, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Zhang Hemin, China Conservation Research Center for the Giant Panda
Study on the Pre-Release Training for Captive Giant Panda Reintroduction at Wolong Nature Reserve
Lan JingChao, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
2011 Reproductive Report of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Liu Xuefeng, Beijing Zoo
Progress Report on the Giant Panda Research Cooperation Project between Beijing Zoo and Memphis Zoo
Sam Rivera, Zoo Atlanta, USA
Monitoring of Giant Panda Pregnancy and Fetal Development via Ultrasonography
Yuan Yaohua, Shanghai Zoological Park
Report on the Giant Panda Projects of Shanghai Zoo
Lynley Johnson, Adelaide Zoo, Australia
Reproductive Cyclicity of a Male and Female Giant Panda in Southern Australia
Li Desheng, China Conservation Research Center for the Giant Panda
Shu Ito, Adventure World, Japan
The Case of Treating Keratitis of Giant Panda by Using Its own Blood Serum
Yang Xuyu, Sichuan Wildlife Resource Survey, Protection and Management Station
Progress on the protection and management of small, isolated panda populations
Zhang Guiquan, China Conservation Research Center for the Giant Panda
Introduction to the Feeding and Breeding of Giant Panda
Martina Pertl, Tiergarten Schönbrunn / Zoo Vienna
Chronobiological Shifts in Captive Newborn Giant Pandas
Shen Fujun, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
A Paternity Test Kit for Giant Pandas
Abe Nobuko, Ueno Zoo, Japan
The Arrival of Giant Pandas to the Ueno Zoo
David Wildt, National Zoo, USA
Chen Yuyan, Taipei Zoo
Study on the Reproduction of Giant Panda Yuan Yuan in Taipei Zoo
Chen Yucun, Fuzhou Panda World
Saving the elderly giant panda Basi
Lee Foo Khong & Elke Wu, Ocean Park Hong Kong
Canine Tooth Extraction and Related Trainings for a giant panda
Liang Guanfeng, The Official Provisional Municipal Council of Macau
Macau Giant Panda Pavilion
Chen Jisheng, Kobe University, Japan
The Dynamic State of Sex Hormones in the Feces of two female giant pandas at Adventure World during their pregnancies and pseudopregnancies
Teruaki Hayashi, Adventure World, Japan
Sarah Bexell, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Increasing Success of Reintroduction of Wild Animals through Public Education
Anton Baotic, Tiergarten Schönbrunn / Zoo Vienna
Call-type Classification and Nonlinear Phenomena in Infant Giant Panda Cubs
Xu Ping, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Conservation Education Update for the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Yu JinPing, Zoo Atlanta, USA
Li Rengui, China Conservation Research Center for the Giant Panda
Effect of Seminal Plasma on the Quality of Giant Panda’s Semen
Prasertsak Buntragulpoontawee, Chiang Mai Zoo, Thailand
Management after Weaning and Separating from Mother of Juvenile Panda in Chiang Mai Zoo
Huang He, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Is the Health of Pandas Threatened by Ingesting a Large Amount of Bamboo Shoots
Zenta Takatsu, Morinyu Sunworld, Japan
Feeding Test on Giant Panda cubs with Panda Milk-10
Yuan Shibin, China West Normal University
Progress & Strategy of Research in Energy and Protein Demand of Giant Pandas
Xie Zhong, Chinese Association of Zoological Gardens
Kathy Traylor-Holzer IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group
New Development in Intensive Population Management: Implications for Giant Panda Management and Conservation
Jonathan Ballou, IUCN/SSC Conservation Breeding Specialist Group
Population Management Technical Session – Review and Discussion of Giant Panda ex Situ Program Goals
The Chengdu Panda Base of Giant Panda Breeding and the Changsha Ecological Zoo, were co-organizers of the conference. The participants visited Changsha Ecological Zoo at the afternoon of November 10 to finish the conference.