Panda in World
The West first learned of the giant panda in 1869 because the French missionary Armand David received a skin from a hunter on 11 March 1869. The first Westerner known to have seen a living giant panda is the German zoologist Hugo Weigold, who purchased a cub in 1916. Kermit and Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., became the first Westerners to shoot a panda, on an expedition funded by the Field Museum of Natural History in the 1920s. In 1936, Ruth Harkness became the first Westerner to bring back a live giant panda, a cub named Su Lin who went to live at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. In 1938, five giant pandas were sent to London;these activities were later halted because of wars and for the next half of the century, the West knew little of pandas.
Many zoos and breeding centers in worldwide. These include:
- Adelaide Zoo, Adelaide – home to Wang Wang (M) and Funi (F). They arrived on 28 November 2009, and went on display on 14 December. They are expected to stay for a minimum of 10 years, and are the only giant pandas living in the Southern Hemisphere.
- Chapultepec Zoo, Mexico City – home of Xiu Hua, born on 25 June 1985, Shuan Shuan, born on 15 June 1987, and Xin Xin, born on 1 July 1990 from Tohui (Tohui born on Chapultepec Zoo on 21 July 1981 and died on 16 November 1993), all females.
- San Diego Zoo, San Diego – home of Bai Yun (F), Gao Gao (M), and Yun Zi (M).
- US National Zoo, Washington, D.C. – home of Mei Xiang (F) and Tian Tian (M).
- Zoo Atlanta, Atlanta – home of Lun Lun (F), Yang Yang (M), Xi Lan (M), and Po (M), born 3 November 2010.
- Memphis Zoo, Memphis – home of Ya Ya (F) and Le Le (M