Barbara Durrant

Blogger Profile: Barbara Durrant

Barbara Durrant, Ph.D., is the Henshaw Director of Reproductive Physiology at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Her research involves all aspects of reproduction in a variety of mammal, bird, and reptile species, but she has a special interest in the unique reproductive strategies of bears. Her research group focuses on the endocrine and physiological correlates of estrus and ovulation, germplasm cryopreservation, assisted reproductive technology, and stem-cell acquisition and culture. Dr. Durrant earned her doctorate in reproductive physiology from North Carolina State University and is currently adjunct professor of biology at San Diego State University and at Palomar College, where she teaches animal behavior. Her work takes her to Mexico, China, and Japan to artificially inseminate giant pandas, and she enjoys photographing wildlife and traveling to unusual destinations like Tibet and Iceland.
Breeding Snow Leopards: Lab View

Breeding Snow Leopards: Lab View

Back in San Diego, Anna and her long-time mate, Everett, were a compatible breeding pair, but despite their efforts she never became pregnant.   read more

Meeting Hua Mei’s Son

Meeting Hua Mei’s Son

I was especially excited to meet Tuan Tuan, Bai Yun’s grandson and one of Hua Mei’s first cubs (born in Wolong in 2004).   read more

Panda: More Thermal Images

Panda: More Thermal Images

At this point we can only say these heat signatures are suggestive of two implantation sites.   read more

Panda Thermal Images

Panda Thermal Images

Along with blooming flowers and baby birds, spring in San Diego brings the question, “Is Bai Yun pregnant?”   read more

Panda Pregnancies 101

Panda Pregnancies 101

We have seen with thermal imaging and ultrasound that many giant panda pregnancies are lost during gestation. There are a few reasons that a fetus might be reabsorbed.   read more