Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'
Actor Jack Black and Dr. Hayley Murphy of Zoo Atlanta watch over 'Po'
February 15th, 2011
09:48 AM ET

Only panda born in U.S. in 2010 named 'Po'

The newborn panda at Zoo Atlanta was named "Po" at a special ceremony Tuesday morning.

It's Chinese tradition to name a panda when he or she is 100 days old.

Born to Lun Lun on November 3, the cub was the only giant panda born in the U.S. in 2010.

The baby panda's name is a tribute to the lead character from the "Kung Fu Panda" film series.  "Kung Fu Panda 2" will be released on May 26.

The cub's name was announced by actor Jack Black, who voices the iconic character of Po in the DreamWorks Animation films.

"In addition to the name ceremony, we're excited to announce Po took his first two steps Monday on his own," said Rebecca Snyder, the curator of mammals at Zoo Atlanta. "He's learning to stand, too." she said.

The baby panda lives in the Giant Panda Conservation Center, and spends most of his time with his  13-year-old mother. His father, Yang Yang, also lives at the zoo.

Tuesday's announcement is the beginning of an alliance between Zoo Atlanta and DreamWorks Animation.

"Our organizations share a commitment to giant panda conservation, particularly at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Breeding (in China)," said Raymond King, president and CEO of Zoo Atlanta.

Giant pandas are endangered, with fewer than 1,600 believed to remain in the wild.



soundoff (47 Responses)
  1. Revy

    Can't wait to see that movie. I love pandas. 🙂

    February 15, 2011 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
    • BillyG

      Everyone just born in the USA is "Po" for the rest of their life. Glad that Pandas are now being taxed as well...

      February 16, 2011 at 8:51 am | Report abuse |
  2. Dave

    There is no special ingredient!

    February 15, 2011 at 10:29 am | Report abuse |
  3. citizen

    One third of species that existed ten years ago already gone. Especially frogs but they're not so cuddly.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:32 am | Report abuse |
    • DrFood

      Care to provide evidence?

      February 15, 2011 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mikel

    Looks like Mr. Black's got this cub's first words already covered! The cub looks adorable, too.

    February 15, 2011 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
  5. TruthAndBeauty

    Another coup by linguistically ignorant Americans: Po = Ass in German.

    February 15, 2011 at 11:42 am | Report abuse |
    • AGeek

      Context is everything. The Giant Panda is not native to Germany, nor was "Kung Fu Panda" set in Germany. In my native language, "TruthAndBeauty" = "ignoramus", but you don't see me pointing that out, do you?

      February 15, 2011 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Ituri

      I love how every idiot in the world just instantly connects *everything* to their vapid hatred off Americans. Have you even SEEN Kung Fu Panda? Are they speaking German? Do you see any Nazi villians in the movies? NO. Its a freaking American movie set in a CHINESE setting, you loser. "Po" is the name of the hero, and nobody cares how it translates into every freaking language in the world.

      February 15, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wow

      wow, I didn't know Kung Fu Panda was a German movie

      February 15, 2011 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • JercoJenkins

      haha if you want to get into coups by ignorant people, let's start with the germans in WWII. come on now.

      February 15, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Darrelltwo

      ...and we all know how important it is to appeal to people who speak German and their significant buying power in the world.... Weak Coffee is a cute German phrase too...

      February 15, 2011 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steve

      Sad that you are so ethnocentric or at least ignorant of the fact that there are other languages other than german, moron.

      Po roughly means spirit in chinese, hence the reason they named Po as such in the movie.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mark

      Nobody gives a flying f#%* what it means in German, moron.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      That's ironic because German = "ass" in Poland.

      February 15, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Is that a double portion for being an ass to call the police...po-po?

      February 15, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • JoAnn

      Adorable, I do not care what the name Po means, and any negative comments on here are ignorant. Cute to watch and I love Jack Black also.

      February 15, 2011 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jake

      The Kung Fu Panda's name is written 宝 in Chinese, and is pronounced Bao in Mandarin. Po is actually the Korean pronunciation of the Chinese character 宝. It means precious, gem, or treasure. In the book, The Art of Kung Fu Panda, it says Po's full name is Po Ping (宝平) which means precious peace.

      February 16, 2011 at 12:40 am | Report abuse |
    • Jazzitup

      Really TruthAndBeauty I don't giv a #@$% what Po means in germany. I care about the if the movie is good are not. I am 100% sure your only friend was either your mom or your computer. either or our get a life!

      February 22, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jazzitup

      TruthAndBeauty u can kiss my po @$$! U your only friend is the devil u loser! >:-(

      February 22, 2011 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. AGeek

    Awwww.. at least he's not a big, fat panda. He's THE Big, Fat Panda!

    February 15, 2011 at 11:46 am | Report abuse |
  7. Achmed Fubar

    Good name since the USA is Now very "Po"

    February 15, 2011 at 12:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • PL

      Good one.

      February 15, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Meh

    Im sure the panda is more entertaining and doesnt love to hear itself more than Jack Black.

    February 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm | Report abuse |
  9. mikeb1

    Noodles don't noodles...

    February 15, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  10. stu

    But what is his citizenship status?

    February 15, 2011 at 1:39 pm | Report abuse |
    • Cherries

      Well, he was born here. I guess that makes him a citizen!

      February 15, 2011 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Alex

    So, "Po" because a lot more folks in the US are poor these days or "Po" because it's Chinese owned like everything else in this country?

    February 15, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Kyle

    How come we have to give pandas Chinese names like Ling Ling and Po. Should Lions all be named Kunta Kinte or Abibu?

    February 15, 2011 at 2:17 pm | Report abuse |
    • Wil

      Ignorant comment. Panda's are not owned by any other country other than China. They are on loan. Part of the loan agreement is that China has to approve what we name them.

      February 15, 2011 at 2:42 pm | Report abuse |
  13. mE

    "po" thang...born in captivity

    February 15, 2011 at 2:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Keeeshawrn

    thats a fitting name for such a "po" country

    February 15, 2011 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. RUFFNUTT

    two bad it wasn't twins... then they could be called po-po

    February 15, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
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