National Zoo needs Phyllostachys

robinswayJanuary 14, 2009

From the Jan. 14, 2009 Washington Post:

"The zoo this morning is issuing a public appeal for bamboo to feed its famous giant pandas. For a combination of reasons, the zoo's supply of the crunchy green stalks are critically low, and zoo officials said they might not have enough to last the winter.

One problem is that the zoo now has three more or less adult-sized giant pandas -- the main consumers of its bamboo. At 160 pounds, 3-year-old Tai Shan is no longer a cub, and his parents, 275-pound Tian Tian and 250-pound Mei Xiang, are ravenous grown-ups. They scarf up bamboo 12 to 14 hours a day, consuming some 1,400 pounds of the stuff a week."

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

National Public Radio did a story on this today (Jan 21, 2009).

    Bookmark   January 21, 2009 at 8:54PM
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greendesert

yeah great planning for the National Zoo.
maybe PETA should be doing the walk not just talking the talk if they're such animal lovers. Why didn't they have the foresight to plant several hundred acres of that stuff for the cute little Pandas.
Geez, even the Pandas are getting a bailout, where the heck is my bailout?

    Bookmark   February 4, 2009 at 6:13PM
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ms_minnamouse(7a)

They shouldn't have gotten animals if they didn't even have a back up plan or reserves.

But what does PETA have to do with this greendesert?

    Bookmark   February 9, 2009 at 2:42PM
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