The pandas took to the skies as they took to few other things in their existence, and their own gut microbes were an integral to producing biofuel. The combination made them an unstoppable force — and they took back more than their habitat. Concept art by Steve Chinhsuan Wang.
Most people think giant pandas are doomed. We've all heard about the disastrous failures in breeding them in captivity, and the massive die-offs. But you may not realize that panda breeding programs have become a stunning success. Here's why.
Red pandas and giant pandas have more in common than simply being equally adorable and included on the IUCN Red List. They both eat bamboo and live in the same habitats. How do they coexist without competing over the same resources? The secret might be hidden in their skulls.
For members of the taxonomic order Carnivora, giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eat surprisingly little meat. They're nearly entirely herbivorous, subsisting almost exclusively on bamboo. What's strange about the panda is that it isn't really very well designed for a plant-based diet. At least not at first glance.
Pandas aren't exactly renowned for their health and hardiness — if anything, they've earned a reputation as a fragile, sex-averse species that needs constant human conservation just to keep from going extinct. Well, they might be about to repay the favor in a big way, thanks to a powerful antibiotic locked inside…
The week is almost over and things are getting kind of unbearable. That's why you need the San Diego Zoo's awesome Pandacam, which reveals a giant baby panda, snuggling up in his den, sometimes with his mom and sometimes in his own adorable little curl. Now that the little guy is over 100 days old, he's finally…
We've got some absolutely heartbreaking news here at Panda Watch. The cub that was born last week to Mei Xiang, The National Zoo's giant panda, has died. Zoo officials report that more information is forthcoming, but, as of this morning, details surrounding the cub's sudden passing are sparse:
If you have a shelf dedicated to the works of Neil Gaiman, then it may be time to add a second! Gaiman just signed a five-book deal with Harper Collins Children's Books.
This little feller is Agriarctos beatrix, which roamed the forests of Spain some eleven million years ago. It represents the earliest known member of the giant panda's evolutionary subfamily, and it was pretty much just ridiculously adorable.
Pandas have all kinds of talents, like looking adorable, dozing off for no reason, and looking tiny next to Shaq.
Pandas are possibly the most iconic endangered species on the planet, but sometimes it seems like these creatures don't even want to stick around anymore. Here's the latest challenge for continued panda survival: males and females have completely different habitats.
Pandas are famously peaceful creatures, content to sit around quietly eating bamboo. But millions of years ago, they were as fierce and carnivorous as the rest of their bear relatives. It's all a question of changing environments and shifting genes.