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Although they may not be as popular as Giant Pandas, Red Pandas matter too.

Red Pandas Matter Too

Red Pandas Matter Too

As an animal lover, you probably already know so much about the unique black-and-white bear that has captured the hearts of many worldwide; the Giant Panda. But what about an equally adorable and closely named species, the Red Panda (Ailurus Fulgens)?

Red pandas are a species native to parts of the eastern Himalayas in Nepal, India, Bhutan, and Myanmar. Another subspecies is called the Ailurus Fulgens Refulgens and lives in western China.

Other names for this intriguing creature include the firefox, the red cat bear, the first panda,

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Why is Giant Panda habitat becoming less attractive to panda bears and why are they fleeing their native home?

A Herd of Wild Horses: giant panda habitat

There’s a new threat to Giant Panda habitat and this time humans may not be directly involved.

Giant Pandas are facing another threat. But surprisingly this time around, the threat is not directly from humans.

Their native habitats in southwest China is spread across parts of Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces but mainly Sichuan. In these remote, mountainous terrain, these bears can enjoy the

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It took some time to properly classify the panda as a bear. But even then, there are still some differences between Giant Pandas and other bears.

Brown bear in winter: differences between giant pandas and other bears

A Brown Bear.

Humans have a particularly interesting trait, we really like to classify things neatly and avoid confusion.

But if there’s one creature that caused some confusion for a while, it’s the Giant Panda. This creature shares similarities with two distinct group of animals; the bears and the raccoon.

In fact, at the earlier stage when researchers studied the panda, they placed it in the same family as bears. Later on, another scientist, a Frenchman named Alphonse Milne-Edwards, studied the

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Have you ever wondered why Giant Pandas are colored black and white? A team of scientists may have a plausible explanation.

A Panda in snow: Giant Pandas black and white coloring

Giant Panda Sleeping On Snow

The mystery surrounding the Giant Panda’s unique skin coloring has evaded scientists for a long time. Up until recently, there were several unproven explanations as to the reason for that unique black and white coloring of the panda bear.

But it appears a team of scientists from the University of California may have a plausible explanation.

Incidentally, this was the same team that uncovered the reason behind the zebra’s sharp black and white strips. They proposed the theory that that color pattern serves as a deterrent to

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Despite having the potential to be as fierce as other bears, Giant Pandas spend most of their day eating bamboo and sleeping. Why?

Giant Pandas spend most of their day chewing bamboo

We all love Pandas. They look like huge teddy bears with lots of fur, sad black eyes, and a weird lifestyle. But many would be amazed to know that they are of the same lineage as the more ferocious bears that easily hunt and prey on meat.

Even then, giant pandas are built as carnivores and they have the dentition and strength to prey

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Everybody knows bears like to sleep in winter, but do Giant Pandas Hibernate or not?

Sleeping Panda: Do Giant Pandas Hibernate?

Giant pandas are one of the most well-known species in the world with just about 2,000 of them alive today. These bears have been the subject of much debate and one issue in particular is that of hibernation.

Now, one of the very first things we learn about bears as kids back in school is that they hibernate for months during winter. In fact, they are notorious for this “winter sleep.”

So, we all know Giant Pandas are bears, right? And because they are bears they should

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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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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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