Yuan Zai, born on July 5, is the first female cub of giant pandas Tuan Tuan and Yuan Yuan from China. She’s ready to take the big stage and make her first public appearance next month.
Despite their finicky mating habits, China’s pandas have been moving away from extinction for some time now. “The government put the resources [into conservation]. They’ve actually set up some mountains just as a habitat for the panda,” said May Mei, the chief representative in China for the conservation group WildAid.
The next big challenge for China’s panda keepers is for them to reintroduce the animals back into the wild, where they will hopefully continue to reproduce and not die.
[Images via: Xinhua]