Giant panda

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The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca; ), also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China.wikipedia
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Wolong National Nature Reserve

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Though the Wolong National Nature Reserve was set up by the PRC government in 1958 to save the declining panda population, few advances in the conservation of pandas were made, owing to inexperience and insufficient knowledge of ecology.
According to China's Third National Giant Panda Survey, Wolong National Nature Reserve houses about 150 wild individuals of highly endangered giant pandas.

Chinese leopard

Sub-adults weighing up to 50 kg may be vulnerable to predation by leopards.
Results of surveys in Wolong Nature Reserve in the 1980s indicate that leopards might have attacked giant pandas.


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The giant panda is a terrestrial animal and primarily spends its life roaming and feeding in the bamboo forests of the Qinling Mountains and in the hilly province of Sichuan.
Home to the Qinling pandas, a sub-species of the giant panda, which are protected in the region with the help of the Changqing and Foping nature reserves, between 250 and 280 giant pandas live in the region, which is estimated to represent around a fifth of the entire wild giant panda population.

Memphis Zoo

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The last contract, with the Memphis Zoo in Memphis, Tennessee, ended in 2013.
The zoo's animal inhabitants reside in three zones with 19 exhibits, such as Teton Trek, Northwest Passage and China, home to giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le


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It was found that the cause of death was toxoplasmosis, a disease caused by Toxoplasma gondii and infecting most warm-blooded animals, including humans.
Toxoplasma gondii has been reported as the cause of death of a giant panda kept in a zoo in China, who died in 2014 of acute gastroenteritis and respiratory disease.

List of giant pandas

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This is a list of giant pandas, both alive and deceased.

Wildlife of China

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Many species of animals are endemic to China, including the country's most famous wildlife species, the giant panda.

Chi Chi (giant panda)

Chi Chi
Chi Chi at the London Zoo became very popular.
Chi Chi (September 1954 in wild in Sichuan, China – 22 July 1972 London Zoo) was a well-known female giant panda at London Zoo in England.

Rare species

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With these renewed efforts and improved conservation methods, wild pandas have started to increase in numbers in some areas, though they still are classified as a rare species.

Fargesia rufa

Pandas eat any of 25 bamboo species in the wild, such as Fargesia dracocephala and Fargesia rufa.
The plant is a significant source of food for the giant panda.

Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries

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The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, located in the southwest province of Sichuan and covering seven natural reserves, were inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 2006.
The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries located in southwest Sichuan province of China, is the home to more than 30% of the world's highly endangered giant pandas and is among the most important sites for the captive breeding of these pandas.

List of endangered and protected species of China

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Armand David

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The West first learned of the giant panda on 11 March 1869, when the French missionary Armand David received a skin from a hunter.
The most notable of the animals 'found' by David, which were hitherto unknown to Europeans, were the giant panda in Baoxing County and Père David's deer.

Ailuropoda microta

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Ailuropoda microta is the earliest known ancestor of the giant panda.

Qinling panda

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The Qinling panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis) is a subspecies of the giant panda, discovered in the 1960s but not recognized as a subspecies until 2005.

Ocean Park Hong Kong

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The theme park has various attractions and rides, including four roller coasters, and also animal exhibits with different themes, such as a giant panda habitat, rainforest and polar displays, as well as an aquarium featuring the world's largest aquarium dome.


Previous population surveys had used conventional methods to estimate the size of the wild panda population, but using a new method that analyzes DNA from panda droppings, scientists believe the wild population may be as large as 3,000.
Animals such as the giant panda and zebra possess gut bacteria capable of producing biofuel.

World Wide Fund for Nature

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Since 1998, because of a WWF lawsuit, the United States Fish and Wildlife Service only allows a US zoo to import a panda if the zoo can ensure the PRC will channel more than half of its loan fee into conservation efforts for the giant panda and its habitat.
WWF's giant panda logo originated from a panda named Chi Chi that had been transferred from Beijing Zoo to London Zoo in 1958, three years before WWF became established.

Interspecific pregnancy

Attempts have also been made to reproduce giant pandas by interspecific pregnancy by implanting cloned panda embryos into the uterus of an animal of another species.
In this experiment, nuclei from cells taken from abdominal muscles of giant pandas were transferred to egg cells of rabbits and, in turn, transferred into the uterus of cat together with cat embryos.

Hugo Weigold

The first Westerner known to have seen a living giant panda is the German zoologist Hugo Weigold, who purchased a cub in 1916.
For six years Weigold carried out zoological research in China and Tibet and was the first Westerner to see a live giant panda in the wild, buying a cub (which did not survive for long) while part of the Stoetzner Expedition in 1916.


During the reign of the Yongle Emperor (early 15th century), his relative from Kaifeng sent him a captured zouyu, and another zouyu was sighted in Shandong.
Following him, some modern authors consider zouyu to refer to the giant panda.

Panda tea

Panda dung tea
Panda tea or panda dung tea is a type of tea cultivated in the mountains of Ya'an, Sichuan and fertilized by the dung of pandas.

Chris Packham

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Chris Packham has argued that the breeding of pandas in captivity is "pointless" because "there is not enough habitat left to sustain them".
In 2009, during an interview with the Radio Times, Packham suggested that the giant panda was too expensive to save and "should be allowed to become extinct" so that funds could be redistributed to protecting other animals and habitats.

London Zoo

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Chi Chi at the London Zoo became very popular.
One of the zoo's most famous giant pandas, Chi Chi, arrived in 1958.


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The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca; ), also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China.