The China-America Giant Panda program at the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington DC has come to its natural end after 50 years. But maybe a new China-America loan program will commence and continue America’s love affair with the Giant Panda.
The Atlanta Zoo in Georgia still has its Giant Pandas, although the loan program expires in late 2024.
The agreement for the loan was that all offspring of any Giant Panda in America, or any other country, are required to travel home to China when they are of travel age. The Atlanta Zoo’s Giant Panda couple Lun Lun and Yang Yang have had five offspring returned to China. There are two offspring still in Atlanta – Ya Lun and Xi Lun. All four of them – the parents and the two cubs – will return to China at the end of 2024.
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What is a Trash Panda?
Trash is garbage, rubbish, litter, scraps, and general waste – including food scraps and food waste.
A Panda is an Asian mammal, such as the Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) in the Ailuridae family or the Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) in the Ursidae family of bears. The Red Panda is an ailurid and the Giant Panda is an ursid.
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What is a paw?
A paw is the bottom of a mammal’s foot. It is the soft hairless part of the foot.
There are five parts of the paw: (1) claws, (2) front pads (usually 4), (3) metacarpal pad (the large pad behind the front pads), (4) the dew claw, and (5) the carpal pad (like a heel). The dark-colooured pads act like cushions.
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Research scientists are satellite tracking the movements of Red Pandas in the mountains of Nepal.
Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens) are endangered and there are only a few thousand individuals in their native environment in the eastern Himalayas and in southwestern China. The population numbers are declining due to habitat loss, poaching (illegal hunting), and inbreeding.
In Nepal, Red Pandas are a protected species. The conservation scientists have put Global Positioning System (GPS) collars on 10 Red Pandas to remotely monitor their range of movements in the forests near Mount Kangchenjunga.
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The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a mammal in the bear family. It is also known as a Panda Bear.
The Giant Panda has smooth, thick, black and white fur. It has black patches around its eyes, over it ears, and across its body. It has five fingers and an enlarged bone called the pseudo thumb, which enables it to grip bamboo shoots. Its face is round with round black ears.
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The Red Panda (Ailurus fulgens) is a mammal, native to the eastern Himalayan mountains and southwestern China.
The Red Panda has reddish-brown fur, a long shaggy tail with six coloured rings, and short front legs. It has light white patches on its face, especially around its nose and ears. It has a black nose and black eyes.
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There are many animals that are black and white, such as pandas and zebras.
The black and white pattern can be stripes, spots, patterns, or ‘block’ areas.
There are several theories why animals are black and white, such as that black and white is aposematic, countershading, or cryptically-coloured.
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