In nature, everything is connected. A bacterium affects a tree which affects the air which affects a giant panda. The same is true with knowledge. Learning about giant pandas can lead one to learn about bamboo which can lead one to learn about forests in China which can lead one to learn about the world as a whole.
Giant pandas live in China.
China is one of the worlds most populous countries. Learn about different countries' population sizes.
Examine the geology of another group of mountains in Asia:
Did you know giant pandas are members of the bear family?
Giant pandas have a bony projection of the wrist bone that they use in the same way primates use their opposable thumbs. Find out how important opposable thumbs are to primates by doing this experiment.
Bamboo makes up 99 percent of the giant pandas diet.
Eat like the giant panda. Learn to cook with bamboo.
Giant pandas spend 10 to 16 hours a day eating. Some people think humans should spend that much time eating.
Learn about the koala, another animal that eats only one kind of food.
Giant pandas have huge molar teeth specialized for chewing tough bamboo.
The black fur surrounding the eyes is called an eyespot. Some scientists believe these spots are meant to threaten or scare off other giant pandas. Look at some other animals that have eyespots:
Giant pandas first came to the National Zoo in 1972, shortly after President Richard Nixons historic visit to China.
The Wolong Nature Reserve in China is home to many of the worlds giant pandas. Learn about Wolong and the other animals that live there:
There are many other animals that share the giant pandas habitat:
Tigers once lived in this region but have since been extirpated. See the Tiger Information Center.
Rhododendrons are common in giant panda habitat, and are also found here in the eastern U.S.
Summer means monsoon season in the mountains of China. Learn about the Asian monsoon:
One important method of communication among giant pandas is through chemicals called pheromones released by large glands near their tails. Humans may also release these powerful yet elusive chemicals.
Links to Some of the National Zoo's Giant Panda Research and Conservation Collaborators: