Panda in Pictures: Meet Xiao Liwu
The birth of a cooing, cuddly baby is cause for joy and celebration anywhere in the world. But in panda circles, it's practically a miracle. Only 1,600 giant pandas exist in the wild, mostly due to habitat loss. On July 29, 2012, a new giant panda cub was born at the San Diego Zoo. In honor of the new year, and new hope for pandas and endangered species all over the world, we've created a baby book to celebrate the first six months of Xiao Liwu. Brace yourself for some serious cute.
Xiao Liwu is the San Diego Zoo's sixth giant panda birth -- the most at a breeding facility outside of China. The zoo's Global Wildlife Conservancy works to save endangered species from extinction. San Diego's pandas are on a research loan from the People's Republic of China. Along with raising giant panda cubs -- all born to mother Bai Yun -- the San Diego Zoo works with the Chinese Academy of Science to study behavior, ecology, genetics and conservation of wild pandas living in the Foping Nature Reserve.