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Giant Pandas are one of the most recognizable animals on earth due in part to their round faces, large bodies, and wooly fur with black patches around their eyes, ears, and body. Adult pandas measure around 4 feet in length and can weigh up to 250 pounds. Wild giant pandas are exclusively found in some of the mountain regions of Tibet and China. Captive Pandas, like the ones featured on Panda Cam, can live up to 30 years of age.

The word “Panda” originates from Nepal and was originally used to describe the red pandas, a relative of pandas. In the Chinese language, the name for the giant panda translates into “large bear cat.” It’s thought that the Chinese gave Pandas this name because of the animal’s ability to climb trees and the slits found in its pupils, which are very similar to those of a cat.

Panda Diet

Pandas are classified as carnivores and do not have a digestive system that is designed to process cellulose efficiently. Oddly, 99% of a panda’s diet consists of bamboo which is high in cellulose, therefore Panda’s must consume 20 to 30 pounds of bamboo a day to maintain proper nutrition. A typical panda spends nearly 20 hours a day eating and passes waste about 50 times a day. By watching the live Panda Cam, you will notice that pandas spend most of their day eating.

Giant Panda’s reach sexual maturity five to seven years after birth. During mating season (March to May), several male pandas will compete for a single female. Generally, the biggest and most dominant male wins the right to breed with the female. Baby pandas are born about 130 days after conception are very small at birth, about 3 to 4 ounces. Because baby pandas are small and fragile, they require constant attention and nurture from the mother. Two panda cubs are usually born at the same time and the mother chooses which one she will raise and which one she will abandon and let die. Check the baby panda cam below to see the cubs born here.

Pandas and Humans

The West knew nothing about Pandas until 1869 when Armand David, a French missionary in China, was given a panda fur hide from Chinese hunters. A German zoologist named Hugo Weigold is thought to be the first westerner to see a living giant panda after he purchased a cub in 1916.

Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and Kermit Roosevelt, children of US President Theodore Roosevelt, shot and killed a panda in China to bring back for display at the Field Natural History Museum in Chicago.

In western countries, little was known about pandas for the first half of the 20th century because of on-going conflicts in the east and isolation policies in China. When China began to open up to the world in the 1970s, the government began to use pandas as a cultural exchange and as a sign of good faith. With “Panda Diplomacy”, the Chinese government would often loan pandas to zoos in the United States and other western countries.

Panda conservation

Because of human overpopulation, bamboo deforestation and breeding trouble, the population of giant pandas is on the decline and the species is declared endangered. Differing estimates from various scientists estimate there are about 1,000 to 3,000 pandas in the wild. One of the least intrusive ways to support panda conservation is to tune into the Panda Cam daily and become part of the community by commenting below.

  • grant: $502,500 - China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda

    Lifetime adoption of twin pandas, a 'Panda Cam' at the Wolong Nature Reserve, medical research and programs, and a sculpture to increase public awareness of panda conservation.

  • grant: $100,000 - Pandas International

    General operating support.

  • topic: pandas

  • location: gengda

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Welcome to the Gengda Wolong Panda Center! It is located in the Gengda Xingfu Valley, the heart of the Wolong Nature Reserve, and home to wild Giant Pandas. Its mountains serve as a beautiful backdrop for the panda cameras.

You’re watching the Dragon Pond yard panda cam, named in honor of Longtancun, one of the many villages devastated in a 2008 earthquake. The Panda Center’s years of preparation ensure that every new habitat in the reserve provides a healthy, natural environment for the pandas. Reforestation and bamboo planting have been successful and will continue in the future.

Our partners at Pandas International will stop by to answer questions, so please post them in the comments section.

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location: Gengda Wolong Panda Center, China

best hours: 4pm - 12am PT / 8am - 4pm CT

links: Bifengxia Panda Center
Wolong National Nature Reserve
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NGO: Pandas International

grant: $100,000

location: Colorado

mission: General operating support.

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Giant Pandas are one of the most recognizable animals on earth due in part to their round faces, large bodies, and wooly fur with black patches around their eyes, ears, and body. Adult pandas measure around 4 feet in length and can weigh up to 250 pounds. Wild giant pandas are exclusively found in some of the mountain regions of Tibet and China. Captive Pandas, like the ones featured on Panda Cam, can live up to 30 years of age.

The word “Panda” originates from Nepal and was originally used to describe the red pandas, a relative of pandas. In the Chinese language, the name for the giant panda translates into “large bear cat.” It’s thought that the Chinese gave Pandas this name because of the animal’s ability to climb trees and the slits found in its pupils, which are very similar to those of a cat.

Panda Diet

Pandas are classified as carnivores and do not have a digestive system that is designed to process cellulose efficiently. Oddly, 99% of a panda’s diet consists of bamboo which is high in cellulose, therefore Panda’s must consume 20 to 30 pounds of bamboo a day to maintain proper nutrition. A typical panda spends nearly 20 hours a day eating and passes waste about 50 times a day. By watching the live Panda Cam, you will notice that pandas spend most of their day eating.

Giant Panda’s reach sexual maturity five to seven years after birth. During mating season (March to May), several male pandas will compete for a single female. Generally, the biggest and most dominant male wins the right to breed with the female. Baby pandas are born about 130 days after conception are very small at birth, about 3 to 4 ounces. Because baby pandas are small and fragile, they require constant attention and nurture from the mother. Two panda cubs are usually born at the same time and the mother chooses which one she will raise and which one she will abandon and let die. Check the baby panda cam below to see the cubs born here.

Pandas and Humans

The West knew nothing about Pandas until 1869 when Armand David, a French missionary in China, was given a panda fur hide from Chinese hunters. A German zoologist named Hugo Weigold is thought to be the first westerner to see a living giant panda after he purchased a cub in 1916.

Teddy Roosevelt Jr. and Kermit Roosevelt, children of US President Theodore Roosevelt, shot and killed a panda in China to bring back for display at the Field Natural History Museum in Chicago.

In western countries, little was known about pandas for the first half of the 20th century because of on-going conflicts in the east and isolation policies in China. When China began to open up to the world in the 1970s, the government began to use pandas as a cultural exchange and as a sign of good faith. With “Panda Diplomacy”, the Chinese government would often loan pandas to zoos in the United States and other western countries.

Panda conservation

Because of human overpopulation, bamboo deforestation and breeding trouble, the population of giant pandas is on the decline and the species is declared endangered. Differing estimates from various scientists estimate there are about 1,000 to 3,000 pandas in the wild. One of the least intrusive ways to support panda conservation is to tune into the Panda Cam daily and become part of the community by commenting below.

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