December 2013: The first Panda cub twins to survive birth in an American zoo went on display for the first time. My wife has been a volunteer docent and animal handler at Zoo Atlanta since 1996. So, I took my camera as soon as we could see the cubs in public. Enjoy my panda pics.
with the love of her life. Genie has been a docent, tour guide and animal handler at Zoo Atlanta since 1996. She volunteers there a couple of days a week. Here she poses with the daddy of the five panda cubs born at Zoo Atlanta.
I snapped the photo at a slide show at a donor dinner where we got to see the cubs for the first time.
Having twins is quite a coup. These are the first twin panda cubs to survive in an American zoo. We were excited to go to a donor dinner and get an early peak at the twins.
A couple of days after the dinner, Genie got word that they planned to bring the twins out at 10:30 the next morning and let the public get a first glimpse. Here the keeper brings them to the far end of the enclosure, so they would at least have to walk across to the door to leave.
The twins stayed out in the room for less than ten minutes. Glad I was on hand ready to shoot these pictures.
The twins have just started to walk on their own. They are hairless and helpless when born. Now they are about four months old.
Already showing some dirt around the edges
Pandas live in mountainous areas of China, so the cool weather suits them just fine.
Breeding and rearing cubs is incredibly difficult, and breeding in the wild is rare.
Our three year old Panda named Po
Our grandson checks out the Panda
The following pictures were all taken at Zoo Atlanta in spring 2011
The rest of the Panda shots are from Zoo Atlanta in April 2007