If you are planning a trip to China, remember that while a visit to the Great Wall is of course unmissable, a visit to a giant panda research & breeding center is almost even more unmissable! Giant panda once occupied almost all of southwestern to southeastern China. Today, the giant panda lives in the wild in about 50 special reserves in the two aforementioned mountain ranges: in the part of the Minshan Mountains that straddles Sichuan and Gansu Provinces, and in the part of the Qinling Mountains that lies in Shaanxi Province.
In addition, the giant panda lives in special breeding & research centers and in zoos throughout China and around the world. The special research & breeding centers of China are:
The best place in the world to see giant pandas, the giant panda Breeding & Research Base at Mount Futou, located on the northern perimeter of the city of Chengdu, Sichuan Province. If you are in China for a Yangtze River Cruise, day-trip to the Center can be easily arranged and often before the cruise starts.
The Wolong National Nature Reserve, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, located about 140 kilometers northwest of Chengdu along the north-south oriented (here) National Highway G213, near the intersection with the east-west oriented National Highway G317,
The Bifengxia Panda Base, city of Ya'an, Sichuan Province, located about 140 kilometers southwest of the city of Chengdu.
Get to know Giant Pandas
The existence of the Great Panda went undiscovered for much of the history of Imperial China. The panda's absence from Chinese paintings prior to the 20th century – in spite of the fact that "all things bamboo-related" was otherwise one of the most common Chinese landscape themes throughout Chinese history... >> more
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Today, the numbers of Giant Pandas are up for a number of reasons: better breeding in captivity and release into the wild and reclamation of lost habitat/ removal of humans from key panda habitats, but also because a reevaluation of the original numbers of Giant Pandas in existence when the first "panda census" was taken... >> more
Though it will grow to be a giant – if it lives (in nature, almost one-half of infant pandas do not survive, for a number of reasons, including the threat from predators such as eagles, wild dogs and snow leopards, and, of course, from a lack of proper nutrition that is ultimately owing to the loss of habitat caused by human encroachment... >> more
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Panda families consist of mama bear and baby bear, with papa bear completely out of the picture as soon as mama bear and papa bear have mated, meaning that papa bear is about as useful to mama bear and baby bear, at that point, as is a bicycle to a fish. Though it would appear that pandas live out their lives in this reduced nuclear family type of structure... >> more
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The giant panda requires bamboo, and bamboo requires a cool, moist climate, therefore the panda, by extension, requires a cool, moist climate. Moreover, given the panda's stocky build with its thick fur, both of which are the result of having adapted to a diet of bamboo (the original, meat-eating panda probably resembled a more normal type of bear... >> more
The poster child of the World Wildlife Fund's threatened and endangered species is of course the panda – the Ailuropoda melanoleuca melanoleuca subspecies, to be more exact, or the black and white panda. However, the enormous amount of work undertaken by the WWF is truly a big-picture effort, where entire biotopes are gradually restored to their original diversity, benefitting not only the poster child... >> more
- Where do giant pandas get their characteristic black and white coloring from?
- There's something about pandas – why?
- How many giant pandas are there left in the world?
- How are the giant pandas distributed in the two mountain areas?
- Does the panda produce specific sounds, or calls?
- Are infant pandas born looking like their moms?
- How do "teenage" pandas know when it is time to strike out on their own?
- Do pandas keep the bathroom and the dining room separated?
- Does the giant panda keep a daytime-only foraging schedule?
- When is the best time of day for humans to visit pandas?
- What kind of climate do pandas prefer?
- How do giant pandas compare to other bears, size-wise?
- How does the giant panda's sense of sight, hearing and smell stack up, compared to other bears?
- Does the giant panda hibernate?
- Do pandas stand up on their hind legs and/or walk upright?
- Can pandas dunk?
- Can pandas climb trees?
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