These 7 bears are among the oldest giant pandas alive in captivity today.

Jia Jia The Oldest Giant Panda Ever In Captivity : 7 oldest giant pandas

Jia Jia (1978-2016) Maintains The Lead As The Oldest Giant Panda Ever In Captivity Living Till The Age Of 38 Years (Photo: LRT505/WikiMedia Commons) cc by-s.a. 3.0

It was with much sadness that the Straits Giant Panda Research and Exchange Center in Fuzhou announced the death of one of the oldest Giant Pandas in captivity: Basi. Basi was 37 years old at the time of her death and she passed away after a lavish birthday celebration just a few months earlier.

A year earlier (in 2016), then erstwhile oldest giant panda Jia Jia, also female, died at the age of

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As a Panda Nanny, not only do you get to care for cuddly cubs everyday, you also get to contribute to giant panda conservation efforts.

Giant Panda Cubs At Zoo Atlanta: Panda Nanny

Imagine Caring For These Cuties Everyday (Photo: Zoo Atlanta)

Although it pays less than the starting salary for teachers in many parts of the western world, being a Giant Panda nanny still ranks among the best of all jobs.

The Giant Panda & Research Center in Sichuan Province, China, and other establishments housing pandas routinely announce vacancies for panda nannies.

As a panda nanny, you won’t have to see the lovable bears from afar anymore. You’ll actually

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Panda Diplomacy is surprisingly an important diplomatic tool between China and many nations today.

First Lady Pat Nixon At The Panda Display, Beijing Zoo: Panda Diplomacy

First Lady Pat Nixon At The Panda Display, Beijing Zoo in 1972.

Giant Pandas are not merely regarded as one of the most adorable and most protected species on the planet. These bears have contributed a lot in terms of fostering close relations through international diplomacy. Panda Diplomacy is the term used to refer to China’s gifting of giant pandas to other countries.

This practice dates as far back as the Tang Dynasty (the Golden Age). In more modern times, from 1958 to 1982, China has gifted 23 pandas to nine countries in total.

The bears were very well received and loved, and became accepted as a means of improving trade and cultural interaction between two nations. Since the 1950s to date, China has been

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The Giant Panda Life Cycle is an interesting one worth learning more about.

Panda Cubs: Giant Panda Life Cycle

Giant Panda Cubs Are One Of The Most Vulnerable Of All Baby Animals.

Giant Pandas are one of those few wildlife species that actually live longer in captivity than in the wild. In their native home – the mountainous area of Sichuan, China – they live 15 to 20 years at best. But in captivity, they often live up to almost 40 years old.

As they grow up, they go through different stages, each stage with its own unique characteristics. Read on to learn more about the giant panda life cycle.

Pandas At Birth

At birth, they are tiny just about 1/900th their mother’s size. They weigh an average of 100 grams (4 oz) but have the potential to grow up to 330 pounds as adults. They are born blind and

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If you’re considering working as a Giant Panda Volunteer, here are a few tips that will make the experience more rewarding.

Entrance To The Chengdu Research Base: Giant Panda Volunteer

Entrance To The Chengdu Research Base (Photo: Kreisverkehrsampel/Wikimedia Commons. cc by-sa 3.0)

Watching a Giant Panda is one thing but we’ll bet most people would jump at a chance to come much closer to these beautiful creatures in a more natural setting. What about actually caring for and cuddly a baby panda?

Well, if your interest is piqued then this post is for you.

Thanks to the efforts of the Chinese authorities, international governments and people just like you, giant pandas are now edging further away from extinction. But, its a very labor intensive

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Show your loved ones how much you care with any of these unique Gifts For Giant Panda Lovers. 

Neoglory Pendant and Necklace: Gifts for giant panda lovers

Our Collection Of Gifts Is Just What You Need For That Special Giant Panda Lover In Your Life

Are you looking for something unique and memorable for that special panda-lover in your life? Great! Relax and kick your shoes off because you have just come to the right place.

Or, even if you’re just searching for something different for your collection, clicking through our list of the best gifts for Giant Panda lovers is a guarantee that you won’t go away empty-handed.

Because – we’ve got something for everyone!

From costumes to educational toys, jewelry, and everything else in-between, below is our

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The International Giant Panda breeding program has been on for 30 years now. Why is it still facing so many challenges to date?

Captive Pandas Feeding: Giant Panda Breeding Program

Captive Pandas Are Waited On Hand-And-Foot. How Can They Hope To Survive In The Wild? (Photo: Reuters/DailyMail)

Though Giant Pandas may not be the most endangered species in the world, experts say sustainable steps need to be taken to ensure that these animals are protected from extinction.

These concerns are largely linked to the captive giant panda breeding program. In this program, the aim is to raise pandas and train them to survive in the wild. It started back in 1987 with six wild pandas. Since those pioneer bears were captured to date, the breeding program has raised more than 300 animals.

Unfortunately, only five 5 have been released into the wild. Out of that five, just 3 were able to

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Despite several international efforts, Giant Panda Reproduction remains tricky and complicated. Here’s why.

Giant Panda Pair at the Smithsonian's National Zoo : Giant Panda Reproduction

These Giant Pandas, Mei Xiang And Tian Tian Are Resident At The Smithsonian’s National Zoo. They Only Come Together Once A Year When Mei Xiang (Left) Is In Estrus (Photo: Ann Batdorf, Smithsonian’s National Zoo) The Smithsonian’s National Zoo keeps goes into estrus.

Although the IUCN has officially downgraded the panda bear from Endangered to Vulnerable, it’s not yet “all clear” for the beloved and widely popular bear.

A serious challenge the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda Melanoleuca) continues to face is that of an extremely low and difficult birth rate.

As a matter of fact, giant panda reproduction is so complicated that it has become the topic of many jokes worldwide. The issue is even worse when China’s iconic bears are held in captivity.

There are just about 2,000 of these bears in the world today and though the numbers are

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These 10 Famous Giant Pandas are symbols of the successes recorded by animal conservation. And they get to live the celebrity life too.

Basi: Most Famous Giant Pandas

Basi With Her Birthday Cake. She Is The Oldest Living Captive Panda In The World (Photo: Xinhua/Barcroft Imagaes/

Giant Pandas are a big deal wherever they live. Whether in the wild or in captivity, this is one animal no one can ignore.

The iconic black-on-white bears are always in the news and they are the darlings of social media too.

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An Edinburgh Zookeeper’s narrow escape from a giant panda highlights the dangers of keeping wild animals in captivity.

Yang Guang Chewing Bamboo In His Enclosure At Edinburgh Zoo: Giant Panda

Yang Guang Chewing Bamboo In His Enclosure At Edinburgh Zoo (Photo: Deadline News)

In another example of exactly how dangerous it is to hold wild animals captive, a zookeeper has narrowly escaped from an adult giant panda.

The “near-miss” incident happened at the Edinburgh Zoo in Scotland. Apparently, the staff in question, a female, had been cleaning out the panda enclosure when she suddenly heard movement behind her.

She quickly abandoned her brush and bucket and made a dash for the door making it just in time. The giant panda, named Yang Guang, was fast on her heels but she managed to exit the enclosure

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