Chengdu Research Base in China is the world’s famous giant panda ex-situ conservation base, scientific research and breeding base, public education base, and educational tourism base, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. The Base protects and breeds endangered wild animals that are unique to China, including the adorable giant pandas and red pandas.
This Base started functioning in the 1980s, where six sick and hungry giant pandas were rescued. From those six, the Base has bred 172 fetuses and 261 giant pandas, and the number of existing giant pandas has hit 176 due to technological innovation.
The Base has never captured any wild giant pandas. These captive giant pandas are the largest artificial breeding population in the world, who are of exceptional genetic quality and positive individual and behavioral health conditions.
The breeding season for giant pandas is usually in the spring from March to May. Although the breeding season lasts for several months, a female giant panda is only capable of conceiving a cub for 24 to 72 hours once a year. In the wild, male giant pandas may breed with multiple females throughout the breeding season.