- Posted March 4, 2013 by
This particular mating was a special one for me as the female, Zhen Zhen, was born at the San Diego Zoo and had her first estrus this year at 6 years old. Her behaviors leading up to the mating were, in a word, AWESOME. She was probably one of the most active pandas I’ve seen prior to estrus – climbing trees, rolling around, running along the side of the enclosures. In fact, she was so active that I wasn’t able to get any video during our behavioral recording sessions (sometimes there’s a little bit of down time for me to snap some short video). She really kept me on my toes and made me laugh constantly.
Zhen Zhen mated successfully with Lu Lu for a record 26 mintues! I’ve talked to the San Diego Zoo bear team and they said that’s the longest mating they’ve heard of. Maybe a world record for Valentine’s Day? She also copulated with Yuan Yuan successfully (1 minute 15 seconds). Not a bad first Valentine’s Day for San Diego’s little girl!