2006/10/20

Giant Panda Math - Learning to Multiply

Pandas have been making a healthy comeback recently. After decades of failure, breeding in zoos is starting to produce results, uh, I mean, cubs.

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San Diego Zoo's Baiyun cuddles her cub Mei Sheng in this 2004 photo. Baiyun has given birth three times at the zoo in San Diego.

Also, the protection of their natural environment and expansion of habitat areas in China has allowed them to rebound in the forests and the estimate now is that there are about 1,600 pandas in the wild, up from fewer than 1,100 in the 1980's.

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These lanterns were photographed by "Bear Bear" at the Chinese Garden Lantern Festival in Singapore earlier this month. Lots more lanterns and other fun pics on her blog - Bear Bear Diary


NZM sent me the following video clip a while ago, but as she and DEJ have been travelling and not posting much on their blog M and J Adventures, I held off sharing it. She recently posted some awesome (as usual) pictures of Cologne, Germany. I especially like the ones of the Cologne Cathedral. Wow. Check them out.

Anyway, if you ever wondered if giant panda cubs sneeze.....





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Click here or on the picture above to learn more about the Giant Panda success story and how you can help sustain it.

8 comments:

Peceli and Wendy's Blog said...

They look so toy-like and soft to touch! I've never seen on for real.
I suppose they are like our koala bears - an icon.
Actually koalas aren't that pretty - they pee a lot, they get drunk on eucalyptus leaves, and they grunt like pigs.
W.

Chen said...

Pandabonium,
yeah.. your cousin pandas, the Giant pandas are cute :)
I love the panda lanterns :D

nzm said...

Everytime I see that video, it makes me laugh!

Pandabonium said...

Wendy said - "they pee a lot, they get drunk on eucalyptus leaves, and they grunt like pigs"

- yeah, I've met a lot of humans like that.

Hey, Chen. Check out the other lanterns on Bear Bear's blog. You are fortunate to have seen lots of pandas on your travels.

NZM - me too. every time. thank you for sharing with me. The Cologne Cathedral pics are wonderful by the way.

Happysurfer said...

It is good that the panda population has increased. The enormous effort put is paying off. Cute video and thanks for highlighting M and J's post on the cathedral as well as Bear Bear's.

Pandabonium said...

Thank you Happy. Hope you enjoy the pics on the other blogs too.

The Moody Minstrel said...

Those pandas all look so cuddly...but this woman might not think so...

Pandabonium said...

Mmmm..."tastes like bamboo..."