The giant panda is a bamboo-eating bear, native to China. Because of deforestation and other habitat destruction, the panda is endangered. However, conservation efforts such as Chinese nature reserves and captivity breeding have been having some success. Additionally, scientists have reevaluated their original numbers, and now believe that as many as 3000 giant pandas are still living in the wild.
"The Giant Panda is one of the most recognizable species on earth with their black eye patches. Their Latin name ailuropoda melanoleuca means ?black and white cat foot'." This panda theme page for elementary grades includes Fun Panda Facts ("Pandas spend about 12 hours a day eating!"), printable panda bookmarks, four panda acrostic printables, worksheets, coloring pages, and a few panda jokes. "What goes black, white, black, white, black, white, black, white...
A panda rolling down a hill!"
Mei Xiang and Tian Tian arrived from China at the Smithsonian National Zoo on December 6, 2000. Animal Planet called them " Washington's newest power couple." Judging from "the popping flashbulbs of panda paparazzi" that greeted their Federal Express flight, they were right. The great photos, streaming video, and wonderful interactive features (don't miss Wild Pandas) make this site my pick of the day! Panda lovers of all ages will find something here. Your littlest ones will enjoy clicking around the photo galleries, and older students will appreciate the well-written features.
"High in dense bamboo forests in the misty, rainy mountains of southwestern China lives one of the world's rarest mammals: the giant panda, also called the panda." This National Geographic Creature Feature introduces giant pandas with a Facts & Photos slide show, a video, map, and a giant panda e-card. The entire package can also be printed, and includes a double-sided 3"x5" collector's card.
This one-page kids' summary serves as a Table of Contents for all the panda content at the National Zoo site. Highlights are the live streaming Panda Cams (with audio from panda-watching crowd), a printable panda mask, quiz, crossword puzzle, and the fabulous "Saving Giant Pandas" activity e-book in PDF. If you are planning a visit to the National Zoo, be sure to print out the activity book and take it with you. It includes an observation log to be completed at the Panda exhibit, and answers to frequently asked questions.
Meet the pandas of the San Diego Zoo, including the cub born this summer, Xiao Liwu (Little Gift). " Xiao Liwu is not yet ready to make his public debut, but he can be seen daily on Panda Cam. The cub receives weekly exams by our veterinarian team, and highlights of those exams can be viewed in our Videos section." In addition to the Panda Cam (from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. PST) be sure to visit the Photo Gallery and Fun Facts.