Panda History

Ling Ling

Ling Ling (female) was born approximately in September 1970.

She has studbook number 112.

She was found in Baoxing in September 1971 and moved to the Beijing Zoo.

She came to the National Zoo on April 16, 1972 with Hsing Hsing.

They were a goodwill gift from the Chinese Government to the President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon.

Ling Ling died on December 30, 1992.

 


Hsing Hsing

Hsing Hsing (male) was born approximately in August 1971.

He has studbook number 121.

He was found in Baoxing on January 20, 1972 and moved to the Beijing Zoo.

He came to the National Zoo on April 16, 1972 with Ling Ling.

They were a goodwill gift from the Chinese Government to the President of the United States of America, Richard Nixon.

He suffered from testicular cancer in April 1997 and from a kidney disease in May 1999.

Hsing Hsing was euthanized on November 28, 1999.

 


Chia Chia

Chia Chia (male) was born approximately in September 1972.

He has studbook number 141.
His name means “Most Excellent or Very Best” in Chinese.

He was found in Baoxing on April 26, 1973 and moved to the Beijing Zoo on October 19, 1973.

He moved to London Zoo on September 14, 1974 with Ching Ching.

They were a goodwill gift from the Chinese Government to the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Edward Heath.

He was loaned to the National Zoo on March 6, 1981. Hsing Hsing showed no interest in mating with Ling Ling. Chia Chia’s mate Ching Ching was ill and the zoo’s were hoping Chia Chia would mate with Ling Ling. But it was no succes, Chia Chia & Ling Ling fought. He returned to London on July 10, 1981.

The Zoo de la Casa de Campo used his sperm to perform artificial insemination on Shao Shao in 1982.

After Ching Ching’s death on June 20, 1985, Chia Chia stayed alone until September 2, 1988. He left London Zoo and moved to the Chapultepec Zoo to mate with their female panda Tohui. He arrived in Mexico on November 30, 1988, after a fundraising stop for the Chapultepec Zoo’s panda breeding program at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden.

Chia Chia is the father of Chu Lin, Chu Lin’s twin sister & Xin Xin.

Chia Chia died on October 13, 1991 at the Chapultepec Zoo.


Cubs of Ling Ling & Hsing Hsing

Ling Ling and Hsing Hsing had 5 cubs.

On July 21, 1983, their first cub was born.
The cub studbook number 257.
He died after a few hours from pneumonia.

On August 5, 1984, Ling Ling gave birth to a stillborn cub.
The cub studbook number 273.

On July 23, 1987, twins were born.
The male cub has studbook number 334. He died immediately.
The female cub has studbook number 333. She died on July 26, 1987 from a bacterial infection.

On September 1, 1989, Ling Ling gave birth for the last time.
The cub has studbook number 351. He died on September 3, 1989 from an infection.


Tai Shan

Tai Shan (male) was born on July 9, 2005 at the National Zoo.
He has studbook number 595.

His name means “Peacefull Mountain” in Chinese.

His mother is Mei Xiang (473) and his father is Tian Tian (458).

He is the first surviving panda cub born at the National Zoo.

Tai Shan left his birth town Washington D.C. on February 4, 2010. He moved to his parents native country China, to participate in the giant panda breeding program. He will be living at the Ya’an Bifengxia Base of CCRCGP.

More info on Tai Shan moving to China:
http://nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/FrequentlyAskedQuestions/TaiShanChina.cfm

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