This Thursday I’m interviewing Kathy Hawk, the lead panda keeper at the San Diego Zoo, for our weekely Q&A. She’s in charge of the team that takes care of the zoo’s five giant pandas on a day-to-day basis.
Last November, she blogged about “panda kindergarten” on the zoo’s website:
As with every panda cub born here at the San Diego Zoo’s Giant Panda Research Station, it is very important that the keepers establish a strong bond with the little ones. Yun Zi is at a perfect age to begin socialization training. He can see, smell, and hear, and is beginning to walk and make attempts to explore the world outside of his den.
— DAGNY SALAS