Bamboo harvesting team at National Zoo

robinswayAugust 27, 2009

Article from the Washington Post:

From the moment he wakes up in the morning until the moment he falls asleep at night, Mike Maslanka has one thing on his mind: bamboo.

Bamboo, bamboo, bamboo bamboobamboobamboobam.

This is what happens when you are responsible for making sure the three most famous animals in Washington -- Mei Xiang, Tian Tian and Tai Shan, the National Zoo's giant pandas -- don't starve. As the zoo's senior animal nutritionist, Mike is responsible for feeding all 2,000 animals at the zoo, but, let's face it, the pandas are the stars. Since bamboo is pretty much all a panda eats -- about 60 pounds of the stuff each day, every day -- bamboo has become Mike's obsession.

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kudzu9(Zone 8a - PNW)

Thanks...

    Bookmark   September 5, 2009 at 1:21PM
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forever_a_newbie(z7/8 VA)

very interesting article. I'm always amazed at how great pandas are fed on bamboo, especially the culms. Looks so dry and not very nutrious (feel like)

    Bookmark   September 12, 2009 at 8:29AM
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