Study sheds light on difficulty of panda mating

04/6/2012 | MSNBC

Previous research established that female giant pandas have a breeding window of one to three days between February and May, and now a new study reveals that males also face difficulties in reproduction, as they begin producing sperm several months before females are ready to mate. "In order for the males to find females and breed successfully, they must travel large distances across difficult terrain," says lead author Dr. Copper Aitken-Palmer, head veterinarian at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.

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