- Created on Thursday, 01 November 2012 20:13
- Written by San Diego Newscape
San Diego, California - The San Diego Zoo today released the November iPad edition of ZOONOOZ, which features an extensive look at the history of the San Diego Zoo's panda program, the individual pandas that have lived at the Zoo, and all six cubs that have been born there. It includes exclusive photos and videos not found elsewhere.
With the iPad format, users are able to easily page through feature stories, explore photo galleries, and with a simple touch play videos of the Zoo's giant panda cubs - past and present - imbedded into the application. In addition, users can watch the Zoo's live Panda Cam within the issue and receive news on the newest cub through regularly updating panda blog posts.
There are two versions of the ZOONOOZ app to work with all generations of the iPad, with images and videos offered in the highest quality for the iPad3 retina display. ZOONOOZ for the iPad is currently free to download.
This special panda iPad edition of ZOONOOZ features a first-person account of the beginning of the panda loan program with China, written by Ron Swaisgood, Ph.D., co-head of the Giant Panda Conservation Unit for the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The article includes the challenges in getting the program underway and highlights the Zoo's collaboration with other U.S. zoos to study giant pandas.
This iPad edition also contains an article about the birth of the Zoo's sixth cub, a panda family tree of all the cubs born at the San Diego Zoo, and profiles of each panda that has lived in San Diego, starting with two on short-term loan in 1987. Bamboo is a critical part of a giant panda's life, so the iPad edition of ZOONOOZ highlights the ins and outs of providing food for the black-and-white bears.
The San Diego Zoo's giant pandas are on a research loan from the People's Republic of China. As part of this long-term program, the Zoo is also collaborating with the Chinese Academy of Science in studies of behavior, ecology, genetics and conservation of wild pandas living in the Foping Nature Reserve.
Only 1,600 giant pandas are believed to exist in the wild, and the species is primarily threatened by habitat loss. San Diego Zoo Global, in conjunction with Chinese panda experts, continues to work on science-based panda conservation programs.
The San Diego Zoo Global Wildlife Conservancy is dedicated to bringing endangered species back from the brink of extinction. The work of the Conservancy includes onsite wildlife conservation efforts at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego Zoo Safari Park, San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, and international field programs in more than 35 countries. In addition, San Diego Zoo Global manages the Anne and Kenneth Griffin Reptile Conservation Center, the Frozen ZooTM and Native Seed Gene Bank, the Keauhou and Maui Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Centers, San Clemente Loggerhead Shrike Breeding Facility, Cocha Cashu Biological Research Station, the Desert Tortoise Conservation Center, and a 800-acre biodiversity reserve adjacent to the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.