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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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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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Giant Panda cub at 7 months: Viral Giant Panda Videos

Giant Panda Cub. (Author: Sheilalau/Wikimedia Commons)

These viral Giant Panda Videos show why pandas are such a ‘hot item.’ 

Whether they are playing, eating, getting up to some mischief or even sleeping: people can’t seem to get enough of watching Giant Pandas especially the cubs.

These animals remain a symbol of national pride in China. In addition, their cuddly appearance guarantees that they tend to get all the attention wherever they live elsewhere around the world.

Below are 5 viral giant panda videos. Watch them and you’ll see why they are such a sensation.

5 Viral Giant Panda Videos.

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China plans to create a new Giant Panda mega reserve. What are the aims and would there be any benefits?

jiuzhaigou valley national park: Giant Panda Mega Reserve

Five Flower Lake In Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, Sichuan. One Of The Habitats Of The Giant Panda. (Author: Chensiyuan/Wiki Commons, GNFDL)

In their continued efforts to boost the welfare of the Giant Panda, The People’s Republic of China has made a new announcement.

It has made public its plans to create a mega giant panda reserve straddling Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces.

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Their strong teeth, powerful jaws and fearful bite means that the natural predators of Giant Pandas are very few.

Snow Leopard: Natural Predators of Giant Pandas

A Snow Leopard. They Won’t Attack Adult Pandas But They Hunt And Kill Panda Cubs.

The giant panda is a native bear of Asia: specifically, native to the Sichuan province of China. They are known for their striking white and black coloration and their cuddly and generally peaceful demeanor.

However, though they spend most of their lifetime chewing bamboo plants, their bulk, strong teeth and powerful jaws means that fully grown giant pandas are a formidable foe to confront.

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The Giant Panda is a native bear to China and one of the most recognizable creatures on the planet today.

Giant panda eating bamboo

Giant Pandas Spend Most Of Their Time Collecting And Eating Bamboo

The white-and-black native bear of China needs little introduction. With its striking, and pleasant appearance and generally pleasant disposition, the giant panda has become a forerunner for all vulnerable animal species worldwide.

Its scientific name, Ailuropoda Melanoleuca, literally means black and white cat-foot.

The name ‘giant panda’ has become its most commonly used name so as to distinguish it from the unrelated but closely named red panda.

Though it is a carnivore, its preferred diet is about 99 percent bamboo.

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The Red Panda is a beautiful creature native to parts of China and the Himalayas.

Adult Red Panda in a tree

Adult Red Panda In A Tree (Author: Mathias Appel/Wiki Commons, PD)

The Red Panda is a beautiful, little creature native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. This mammal is just slightly larger than the average domestic cat and it’s easily recognized by its thick red/russet colored fur, long and very bushy tail, and bear-like body.

Red pandas are also commonly referred to as lesser panda in deference to the much larger giant panda. These are very acrobatic animals with expert tree-climbing skills.

It is arboreal (lives predominantly in trees), typically solitary, and mostly active from dusk to dawn.

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What Caused The Giant Panda To Become Endangered In The First Place?

Giant Panda Cub

Giant Panda Cub

The threat of extinction as regards the beloved giant panda became a reality that generated much concern in the international community and among conservation groups.

These creatures were exploited and hunted by humans to the extent that they are now restricted to just a handful of areas in their native China.

Today, though this animal has been downgraded from Endangered to Vulnerable by the IUCN, there are still fewer than 2000 of them in existence and this sobering fact leads us to question why there are so few of them left.

Here are the reasons why the giant panda became endangered.

Rapid Climate Change

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