Gao Gao arrived at the San Diego Zoo in January 2003 and replaced Shi Shi as Bai Yun's mate. This has proven to be a very successful pairing — Gao Gao and Bai Yun are the parents of Mei Sheng (M), Su Lin (F), Zhen Zhen (F), Yun Zi (M), and Xiao Liwu (M), all conceived via natural mating. He has three grandchildren, among them a male born to Su Lin on July 7, 2011.
Gao Gao, being wild-born, is considered a valuable contributor to the captive giant panda gene pool. One noteworthy genetic trait, which he has passed on to the oldest four of his offspring, is webbed toes.
Footnotes and references
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- "Meet the Pandas: Gao Gao's San Diego Zoo Profile".
- Rosenbaum, Ellie. "Celebrating Gao Gao". San Diego Zoo.
- Shi Shi was sent back to China.
- "Panda Ducklings?". San Diego Zoo. September 11, 2009.
- "Zoo confirms panda paternity: Tiny toes tell the tale". The Orange County Register. September 16, 2009.