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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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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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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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