In December 2009 Zoos South Australia embarked on a journey that involved the captive breeding and management of Giant Pandas. We received a pair; our male Wang Wang and our female Funiand have since settled into life in the southern hemisphere nicely.
Since that time we have developed a wonderful working partnership with fertility specialists, Repromed who have been fundamental in helping our team get closer each year to our goal of breeding our own little Giant Panda baby.
It started off simply; a phone call of can you help us determine when our female is in oestrus? We only have a 36 hour window of opportunity to breed them when they come into season, so determining the exact time of when this happens is fundamental to having success in this short time frame.
The Repromed team has been amazing, donating their time and efforts, coming in on weekends to run hormone assays for us as well as collecting our samples on the way past the zoo and donating so much of their own time just to help us out. Having such a professional business supporting us in this area has been critical to our breeding efforts. We're further ahead than we ever could have been because of their support and commitment.
The collaboration between Zoos South Australia and Repromed has grown so much that we have combined our efforts into a wonderful sponsorship of this important breeding program. The staff we're engaged with have been nothing short of inspiring and we thank them deeply for their continued support, through both the ups and downs of breeding Giant Panda.
Zoos South Australia would like to take this opportunity to personally thank all Repromed staff who continually go above and beyond what is expected and we look forward to many more years of developing this relationship and hope that together we can work towards successfully breeding critically endangered animals to ensure they remain present in our beautiful world....