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The science of panda breeding

Tuesday 29 March

Pandas are threatened by extinction in their native region of China so it’s ever more important that captive breeding programmes exist. RZSS Edinburgh Zoo has the UK’s only giant pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang. Each year at the Zoo, there is a highly scientific and detailed approach to panda breeding – with animal welfare being top of the priority list – but to date a panda cub has remained elusive. So just why does it seem to be so difficult to breed pandas?    

Join Director of Giant Pandas Iain Valentine, alongside RZSS Edinburgh’s in-house expert panda keepers, vets and external partners for a discussion on the science behind panda breeding - from how they plan for conception to monitoring the potential pregnancy and preparing for a birth. 

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