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Giant Pandas - Cute, Adorable, Endangered

Updated on June 15, 2013

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

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Chordata

Class: Mammalia

Order: Carnivora

Family: Ursidae

Genus: Ailuropoda

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.

Conservation Status

Endangered (IUCN 3.1)

From Wikipedia

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.

Who, Me?

Who, Me?
Who, Me?

Panda Diplomacy

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.

Come on. We can all fit.
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!

Here are some great books on Giant Pandas. Let people know which you think are the best by voting for your favorite book. It's okay to vote for more than 1. And, you can add another one from Amazon or take a copy of this list. If you add one, don't forget to vote for it!

I love my greens!

I love my greens!
I love my greens!

Fun Panda Books For Kids

Teach your kids about giant pandas. Here are some great books for kids. Let us know which your kids love most by voting. It's okay to vote for more than 1. And, you can add another one from Amazon or take a copy of this list. If you add one, don't forget to vote for it!

Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book)
Zen Shorts (Caldecott Honor Book)

"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...

 
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Board Book
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See? Board Book

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...

 
Kung Fu Panda: Meet the Masters (I Can Read Book 2)
Kung Fu Panda: Meet the Masters (I Can Read Book 2)

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?

 
Ultimate Sticker Book: Kung Fu Panda (Ultimate Sticker Books)
Ultimate Sticker Book: Kung Fu Panda (Ultimate Sticker Books)

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

 
Kung Fu Panda: The Junior Novel
Kung Fu Panda: The Junior Novel

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!

 
The Panda Puzzle (A to Z Mysteries)
The Panda Puzzle (A to Z Mysteries)

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?

 

Let's just sleep here.

Let's just sleep here.
Let's just sleep here.

Giant Panda Videos

Giant Panda Origami

Origami Made Easy
Origami Made Easy

Wonderful origami designs with instructions including the cute Giant Panda shown below.

 

Giant Panda from "Origami Made Easy"

Giant Panda from "Origami Made Easy"
Giant Panda from "Origami Made Easy"

Soft Pandas For That Special Someone (maybe you!)

Webkinz Black And White Panda Plush
Webkinz Black And White Panda Plush

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".

 
Littlest Pet Shop VIP Panda
Littlest Pet Shop VIP Panda

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.

 
Webkinz Lil'kinz Panda
Webkinz Lil'kinz Panda

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

 
Kung Fu Panda - Kung Fu Kickin' PO
Kung Fu Panda - Kung Fu Kickin' PO

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.

 
Aurora Plush 10" Mei, Aurora Babies Baby Panda
Aurora Plush 10" Mei, Aurora Babies Baby Panda

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

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Got milk?

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 Bear Cupcakes
Panda Bear Cupcakes

Panda Mom with Newborn cub at Thailand Zoo-2009

Panda Mom with Newborn cub at Thailand Zoo-2009
Panda Mom with Newborn cub at Thailand Zoo-2009

Meet Kartick Satyanarayan aka BEAR MAN

The story behind the Dancing Bear Rescue

For the inspiring true story of the Dancing Bear Rescue in India (told with photos and videos) and meet the Co-founder and Director aka BEAR MAN, click HERE.

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Where's the baby sitter?
Where's the baby sitter?

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      lclchors 5 years ago

      When I was in high school we got the first panda at the National Zoo. If I happened to skip school you could find me outside the panda habitat. I loved them

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      jordanmilesbask 5 years ago

      my son and I loves to see a panda..they are so adorable..

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      Love the Panda pictures! They are so cute. Thanks for the great information.

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      Afteretc 5 years ago

      I love looking at panda pictures and thinking to myself 'I KNOW HOT IT FEELS TO HUG ONE!!!!" I love all animals, but pandas are my first love.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Replayed that first video 3 times and laughed each time at the yelp and jump of the mother when the baby moved. Gorgeous lens and once again drives the point home of the need to help these wonderful animals survive. Blessed and featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012 and also on Killing the World. Hugs

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      Just love the photos here. They are so cute, but I heard they aren't that friendly. Nice work.

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      Patricia 6 years ago

      I love pandas! They are the cutest! I just love the pics with a bunch in one photo! I have to bless this lens!

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      imolaK 6 years ago

      Another great bear lens. I love Pandas. Blessed!

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      Very informative lens. The new cub looks so cute. Thumbs up

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      i loved the pictures, and i loved the lens, and not just because i like pandas :)

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      this topic is very great

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      What a great site. I love the paper panda kit. John, Wikaniko, John

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      Kiwisoutback 8 years ago from Massachusetts

      I just came back by to bless this masterpiece. Squid Angel blessed!

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      walclan 8 years ago

      very nice lens, check out the sad panda video on my giant panda lens, its also on YouTube. Very informative and nice visually. 5 stars

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      JenOfChicago LM 8 years ago

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      enslavedbyfaeries 8 years ago

      My daughter was absolutely obsessed with pandas a few years ago. I honestly can't blame her, -they're so darn cute. Thanks for all you do on behalf of these bears!!

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      sisterra 8 years ago

      Wonderful lens!

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      Wendy Henderson 8 years ago from PA

      I love Pandas. They are so cute.

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      dc64 lm 8 years ago

      OMG You have the cutest pictures ever! I love the one with all the bears either climbing or at the bottom of the tree. They look so huggable! Not that I would try it, I like having arms.

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      pandarazzi 8 years ago

      Wonderful Lens Frankie..will add your links to mine as well.. Thank you

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 9 years ago from Northern California

      These are so cute. My youngest just loved Kung Fu Panda. Nice to see that the actors are trying to help the cause.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Whoa i lov Giant Pandas and i want to make the origami one but i don't want to buy a book to learn how I LOVE THEM THEY R SOO CUTE !!!!!!!!!

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      julieannbrady 9 years ago

      I love your lens and I love pandas -- I have one that I got -- stuffed plush from my membership in WWF a few years back. 5 stars for you and your wonderful lens and work. ;)

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      Yvonne L. B. 9 years ago from Covington, LA

      I have always been fascinated by giant Pandas. My husband visited the 2 at the Washington D.C. Zoo, when they first came. Welcome to the Naturally Native Squids group. Don't forget to add your lens links to the appropriate plexos and vote for them.

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      poutine 9 years ago

      Ah! They are so cute those little guys, I feel like taking one home.

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What a great Panda Bear site. This is wonderful...I really like the paper panda project, how fun! Thanks!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      What cute, cute bears. Some of the pictures just don't even look real! I love this site.

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      AlisonMeacham 9 years ago

      I was lucky enough to see a baby panda at San Diego zoo a few years ago. I found it really emotional. Giant pandas are beautiful animals.

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      RedSportNiac 9 years ago

      Beautiful creatures. Well done and congratulation to be selected as the new Giant Squid.

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      Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Frankie, wanted to congratulate you on becoming a Giant Squid. I'm in your same "Giant Squid Class of July 08." :-)

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      totalhealth 9 years ago

      cute and adorable gentle giants. Lenses about endangered animals are great to increase awareness.

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      mmason 9 years ago

      Way cute, these guys. 5 stars and a favorite! Mitch

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      Yayay! Greatest lens and topic! I put ya on da KFP lensroll - thanks for visiting me today :)

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      Barkely 9 years ago

      What a great time to raise Panda Bear awareness, 5* and angel ups for another great lens:)