Panda to be Inseminated via China

Authors: Liu Xiaoxian

2015-04-24

Having traveled 7,000 miles from Chengdu to Washington, the sample is now preserved in the SCBI's cryopreservation bank at the National Zoo. It may later be used to artificially inseminate Mei Xiang, the Zoo's 16-year-old female giant panda.
This year, the National Zoo in Washington will be celebrating giant panda breeding season in a very special way.
"This is the first time we've imported semen from China for panda breeding," said Dennis Kelly, director of the zoo.
Caitlin Burrell, a research scientist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute (SCBI), arrived at Dulles International Airport on April 20 with frozen panda semen from China.
"Getting the sperm here was a huge endeavor," said Dr Copper Aitken-Palmer, a veterinarian at SCBI. "It sets a nice precedent, because it really has never happened here in the United States before. It opens up a lot of possibilities."
The sperm sample was taken from Hui Hui, a nine-year-old male giant panda who lives at the China Research and Conservation Center for the Giant Panda in Wolong, Sichuan province. The sample was frozen and stored at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base's cryopreservation bank.
Having traveled 7,000 miles from Chengdu to Washington, the sample is now preserved in the SCBI's cryopreservation bank at the National Zoo. It may later be used to artificially inseminate Mei Xiang, the Zoo's 16-year-old female giant panda.
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