Giant Pandas - Cute, Adorable, Endangered
Here you'll see why everyone loves Giant Pandas
Here you'll find information, facts, photos and videos about Giant Pandas. There are also informational links to organizations and sanctuaries who's mission is to save them. You can't look at these pictures and videos without smiling at these adorable bears.
For me, they almost don't look real but more like a big stuffed animal. And, they obviously don't know that they are critically endangered. Maybe ignorance is bliss. ~Sigh~So, read about these wonderful Giant Pandas and really look at the pictures and videos. Smile, be happy and maybe even figure out what you can do to help save them for our children's children's children.
Scientific classification Of Giant Panda
Species: A. melanoleuca
Binomial name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca
(David, 1869)From Wikipedia
What Giant Pandas Eat
Although Giant Pandas are classified as carnivore, their diets are herbivorous as they eat bamboo (about 99%) but supplement their diet with whatever else is available such as bananas, oranges, leaves from shrubs, eggs and honey.
Due to the limited nutrition derived from bamboo, they eat lots of it -- as much as 14 kilos per day. They will also eat fish and eggs and meat when available.
In captivity, Giant Pandas are fed bamboo but they also get sweet potatoes, carrots, applies and sugar cane.
Endangered (IUCN 3.1)
Giant Pandas are found in several mountain ranges in China. Specifically, in the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. They used to be found in the lowlands, however due to habitat destruction from farming and the clearing of forest of bamboo (their main source of food), they are now found only higher up.
Giant Panda's Breeding and Birth
Between the ages of 4 and 8 years old, Panda become sexually mature. They mate 1 time per year and usually give birth to 1 or 2 cubs. The cubs are quite helpless weighing in at only 3 to 4-1/2 ounces. They are also born blind and furless.
If 2 cubs are born in the wild, the mother will only take care of the strongest cub and leaves the 2nd cub to die. The remaining cub will stay with the mother for about 2 years. Like polar bears, the father has no part in raising the cub.
Although the cub is born hairless, fur begins to appear a month after birth along with black spots where the black fur will grow in. The cubs begins to crawl at 3 to 4 months old.
Giant Pandas live around 25 years.
During the first 3 months of life, the following occurs:
Photo: Atlanta Zoo
- Eyes open.
- Fur grows in
- Black marking have developed.
- Teeth have broken through gums.
- They are scooting around but not walking yet.
Behavior of the Giant Panda
Small groups of Giant Pandas share a large territory but are solitary bears who have their own defined territory. They are good climbers and create dens in trees and rock crevices. They do not hibernate and do not create permanent dens.
These cute bears communicate with each other vocally and through scent markings.
Symbol of China
Giant Panda are on stamps and coins
Lucky for Giant Pandas, the Chinese have NOT found any medicinal value in Panda body parts, unlike the Asiatic Bear and other animals. Although they are hunted for their fur and during famine, to eat.
In fact, the Chinese people have quite a love relationship with these cute bears. They are depicted as cute and cuddly and people swarm to the zoos to see them, especially when a new cub is born.
The Giant Panda's likeness is depicted on many stamps and coins.Giant Pandas are not just popular in China; they are loved all over the world. In Thailand, Linping, a Giant Panda borm in 2009 has a huge fan base - in the millions - and her own reality TV show that shows her every move. After her birth, a contest was held to name her. There were over 22 million entries.
China offers pandas as gifts to other countries
The Chinese used to give Giant Pandas as gifts to other countries. In 1984, however, instead of using pandas as agents of diplomacy, the China instead offered pandas to other nations on 10-year loans.
The fee of these "loans" were up to US$ 1,000,000 per year and came with a provision that any cubs born during the loan were the property of the People's Republic of China.
A WWF lawsuit in 1998 brought about a change in the U.S. Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service only allows a U.S. zoo to import a panda IF the zoo can ensure that China will put more than half of its loan fee into conservation efforts for wild pandas and their habitat. Way to go WWF!
For an excellent article on Panda Diplomacy, click Panda Diplomacy.
(photo of Hu Jintao during a defense meeting at the Pentagon in May, 2002)
Zhen Zhen - The panda cub at the San Diego Zoo
Check out this cute video of a panda cub
Below is a video of the 1st year of life of Zhen Zhen, the little cub born at the San Diego Zoo in 2007.
Zhen Zhen is charming and keeps guests entertained with her antics and sense of curiosity. She can almost make you forget how endangered Giant Pandas are. Pandas are still with us because of the panda conservation effort that is happening world-wide.
PBS TV has put together this hour-long documentary about her first year. It also discusses the conservation effort that allowed her to be born and thrive.
To see when the documentary will playing on your tv, check online at Local PBS TV Schedule.
Now, off you go, check out Zhen Zhen in the video below.
Panda Tales starring Zhen Zhen - Video of panda cub
Wonderful Videos Of Giant Panda - More fun videos of panda and panda cubs
Come on. We can all fit.
FREE Giant Panda Kit
Make A Paper Giant Panda
I shared with you the polar bear kit already, but here's one to build a paper-craft Giant Panda. It's also part of Yamaha Motor Company Rare Animals of the World Series of Paper Craft models. In bears, they only have the polar bear and the giant panda. Both are terrific.
Here's what the finished giant panda looks like:
The instructions are easy to follow: just match the names and numbered parts in the instructions. This will make a great family, summer break or school project.
Wonderful Books On Pandas - Get books on pandas right here!
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Fun Panda Books For Kids
"Michael," said Karl. "There's a really big bear in the backyard." This is how three children meet Stillwater, a giant panda who moves into the neighborhood and tells amazing tales. To Addie he tells a story about the value of material goods. To Michael he pushes the boundaries of good and bad. And to Karl he demonstrates what it means to hold on to frustration. With graceful art and simple stories that are filled with love and enlightenment, Jon Muth -- and Stillwater the bear -- present three...
The third book in the bestselling Bear series, now in board book format Thirty-five years after their first groundbreaking collaboration, the creators of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? reunited to address the important topic of animal conservation. A Bald Eagle soars, a Spider Monkey swings, a Macaroni Penguin struts, and a Red Wolf sneaks through Bill Martin Jr’s rhythmic text and Eric Carle’s vibrant images, and all are watched...
The legend of the Dragon Warrior is famous all over the Valley of Peace. Many have dreamed of being chosen. The time has come to name the great warrior. And the Dragon Warrior is . . . a clumsy panda?
When Po, a chubby panda working in his parent's noodle shop, discovers that he is the "Chosen One" to fend off evil enemies, it takes a number of Kung Fu masters to whip him into shape. The main characters are hilariously voiced by Jack Black, Angelina Jolie, Jackie Chan, and Dustin Hoffman. With more than 60 stickers, readers can learn all about the Kung Fu characters, and recreate their favorite scenes. Kung Fu Panda TM & (c) DreamWorks Animation L.L.C
No one is more shocked than Po the panda when he is chosen to become the Dragon Warrior. It is up to Po to defend the Valley of Peace from the evil snow leopard Tai Lung. At first glance, kung fu master Shifu and the Furious Five dismiss Po as a lazy panda who just loves to eat. But when Po is able to turn his love of food into his greatest strength, he knows he’s stumbled upon something special. Join Po as he rises to the occasion and surprises everyone, including himself!
P is for Panda. . . .There’s pandemonium in Green Lawn! The town is building a new park for a panda and her baby. But as soon as the pandas arrive, the baby is stolen! All the panda-nappers want in return is a million dollars. . . . Can Dink, Josh, and Ruth Rose collar the culprits before Green Lawn has to cough up the cash?
Kung Fu Panda Stuff on Amazon
Let's just sleep here.
Giant Panda Videos
Giant Panda Origami
Wonderful origami designs with instructions including the cute Giant Panda shown below.
Giant Panda from "Origami Made Easy"
Soft Pandas For That Special Someone (maybe you!)
Black Bear plush is made of several different fabrics. Both cotton stuffed and beanie. Tag on arm contains a code for the Webkinz "Adopt A Pet" website, virtual pet game. Approx. 71/2".
It's panda-monium! Now there's even more ways to add to your pet-lovin' fun. Enter the virtual Littlest Pet Shop world with your very own Virtual Interactive Pet (VIP) panda. Find your pet's secret code hidden in its collar, and then visit littlestpetshop.com to unlock exclusive games, activities and other fun surprises. Play with your virtual pet pal online while snuggling your plush pet at home. Panda measures approximately 6" tall.
What's black and white and fuzzy all over? Why, it's this perfect panda, that's what! Pandas are known for their laid-back attitude and gentle nature. Pandas enjoy a well-designed room with lots of comfy places to sit - and a well-stocked fridge of Bamboo Pandaloni! Special Item: Ming Vase Panda Fridge Special Food: Panda Canelloni
The ultimate action electronic Po! Sounds and sensors acknowledge your Kung-Fu movements. Features quick draw nunchucks, and never-before-seen-in-a-toy roundhouse kick move. Features the real voice of actor Jack Black as Po. Measures approximately 12"H.
Mei the Plush Panda Cub is very soft and huggable. Mei is from the Aurora World Nature Babies series. Nature Babies are bean-filled and double-bagged for safety and durability. Has lock-washer eyes and noses for safety. Mei measures 12 inches and is washable.
Giant Panda Merchandise on Amazon Search
A Member Of: Save Our Bears (SOB) Headquarters
Member of Save Our Bears (SOB) Headquarters is a group of lenses devoted to help change the plight all of the 8 bear species through awareness and fund raising.
The lenses show the wonderful nature of bears and many will, at the same time, shine a spotlight on the dangers bears face including: trophy hunters, gall bladder and bile farming, pollution, bear baiting, global warming, and habitat destruction.
You'll also find fun lenses on great polar bear movies, books, teddy bears, even cartoon and toy bears.Click Save Our Bears (SOB) to go to the headquarters page.
Panda Cubs from Thailand Zoo
Photos of panda cubs born in May 2009
These wonderful photos of baby pandas are from the Thailand Zoo...
Panda Bear Cupcakes
Panda Mom with Newborn cub at Thailand Zoo-2009
Giant Pandas In the News - Read about giant pandas
- VIDEO: Panda Gives Her Cubs Survival Training
Chengdu, China -- 21 year-old panda Yaya began giving her two sons survival training on Saturday at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, in Chengdu, the capital city of southwest China's Sichuan Province.
- Is Panda Poop The Secret To Sustainable Biofuels? | Care2 Causes
Attendees at the recent national meeting of the American Chemical Society are falling in love with panda poop because it could help them develop a truly sustainable biofuel.
- Cute Baby Animals First Appearance 12 Baby Giant Panda Video | Global Animal
(PANDA CUBS/VIDEO) CHINA - Panda enthusiasts squeezed into the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center to attend the public revealing of 12 baby giant pandas born last year.Â The birth of these cute bundles of fur provide a boost to the dwi
- Panda power to heal tsunami wounds|Nation|chinadaily.com.cn
BEIJING - A pair of giant pandas could be on their way to a zoo in the tsunami-affected area of Japan.
- Panda Dung Tea: Chinese Entrepreneur Uses Bear Excrement For $200-A-Cup Organic Beverage
China's national treasure, the giant panda, will become even more precious if one businessman succeeds in using their dung to grow organic green tea he intends to sell for over $200 a cup. An Yanshi, an e
- Malaysia will soon get two giant pandas. Will there be giant earnings?
WHO says Malaysian businesses lack entrepreneurial drive and ideas? A document made available to StarBizWeek is a perfect example of how nimble and creative corporate Malaysia can be when presented with opportunities.
- After a surprise panda birth in DC, anxiety awaits - Yahoo! News
The birth of a panda cub this weekend at Washington's zoo was cause for a party, but behind the excitement there's also some nail-biting.
Giant Panda news from Zoos around the world
- Zoo Atlanta on giant panda birth watch
Zoo Atlanta said Thursday round-the-clock monitoring of giant panda Lun Lun will begin Monday and continue through the middle of next month. The 13-year-old panda was artificially inseminated in June after she failed to mate with a male panda during
- Zoo Atlanta: Giant Panda's Fetus Growing Rapidly
Officials at Zoo Atlanta said on Wednesday ultrasound monitoring reveals the rapidly growing fetus that will become giant panda Lun Lun's third cub.
- Zoo Atlanta's giant panda cub is a male
It's official: The giant panda cub born to Lun Lun at Zoo Atlanta early this month is a male. The cub's sex was determined last week during an examination by the zoo's veterinary team and a visiting expert from the...
- Panda pregnancy watch begins at the Zoo
The National Zoo announced Tuesday that its annual giant panda pregnancy watch has begun, with the artificial insemination of its female giant panda, Mei Xiang, on Saturday and Sunday. The zoo, assisted by Chinese veterinarian Tang Chunxiang, of the
- Panda food shortages feared after heavy snowfall in southwest China
The heaviest snow to hit southwest China's Sichuan Province in 20 years may have caused food shortages for wild giant pandas that roam its mountains, a panda expert said Tuesday.
- Thailand says China extends panda cub loan
China will allow Thailand to keep for two more years a giant panda cub with millions of fans and her own reality television show in the kingdom, a Thai official said Thursday.
- Mad about the bear: why are we fascinated by pandas?
Mad about the bear: why are we fascinated by pandas? - With a breeding pair set to take residence at Edinburgh Zoo, our reporter meets a man who says there's more to it than just looking like a real-life cuddly toy
- Panda twins on show
Twin six-month-old giant pandas Po and De De have gone on show to visitors at a Spanish zoo for the first time.
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