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Ten newborn panda cubs were presented to the public for the first time at the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, on Friday.

This year, a total of 21 giant pandas have been produced at the centre, setting a new record for the otherwise notoriously hard-to-breed animal.

This beautiful news follows on from similar reports at the Smithsonian National Zoo, where Giant panda Mei Xiang has given birth to a set of twins.

With the WWF reporting that barely 1,800 pandas still exist in the wild, these breeding programs are a step towards ensuring the future of the beloved species.

Notoriously difficult to breed, giant pandas are fertile during just three weeks a year – with scientists believing that from those three weeks, only 24-72 hours is considered peek breeding time.

This means that the breeding programs that exist are more important than ever, with experts still predicting the species will go extinct, despite our best efforts to raise levels of reproduction.

 

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