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Pandas Are Probably Still Screwed, Sorry Pandas Are Probably Still Screwed, Sorry

Last year brought some rare good conservation news: the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the folks who determine which species are endangered and which aren’t, bumped pandas from endangered to vulnerable. That’s a sign that conservation efforts have begun to reverse the effects of the human…

A Blizzard Can't Dampen The Spirits Of The Nation's Panda Bears

As Winter Storm Jonas pummels the East Coast this weekend, Washington DC’s Smithsonian National Zoo posted up this fantastic video of one of their Pandas, Tian Tian, enjoying the weather.

We Never Should Have Taught The Pandas How To Fly We Never Should Have Taught The Pandas How To Fly

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.

Panda Breeding Programs Are Way More Successful Than You Realize Panda Breeding Programs Are Way More Successful Than You Realize

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.

Giant Panda Breeding Efforts Have Actually Been Really Successful Giant Panda Breeding Efforts Have Actually Been Really Successful

Pandas are typically thought of as a lost cause. They're one of the most endangered species on the planet; just 2500 giant pandas live in the wild. They're notoriously difficult to breed; zoos keep them around primarily to attract tourists rather than for any ostensible conservation benefit. At least, that's the…

How Do Red And Giant Pandas Coexist? The Secret Is In Their Skulls. How Do Red And Giant Pandas Coexist? The Secret Is In Their Skulls.

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.

How Do Pandas Eat So Much Bamboo? How Do Pandas Eat So Much Bamboo?

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.

It's a cub! Watch the National Zoo's Giant Panda give birth It's a cub! Watch the National Zoo's Giant Panda give birth

Get out the party hats, a giant panda has been born! Yesterday afternoon, Mei Xiang, one of the ursine residents of the Smithsonian's National Zoo, gave birth to another little cub. Time to turn on the panda cam!

Panda blood could hold the secret to the next generation of antibiotics Panda blood could hold the secret to the next generation of antibiotics

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…

Now you can watch giant panda cub Xiao Liwu sleeping on Pandacam Now you can watch giant panda cub Xiao Liwu sleeping on Pandacam

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…

Sad Panda News. Warning: do not read if you were planning on having a good Monday. (UPDATED) Sad Panda News. Warning: do not read if you were planning on having a good Monday. (UPDATED)

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:

Drop everything — a baby panda was just born at The National Zoo, and there's a baby panda cam (UPDATED) Drop everything — a baby panda was just born at The National Zoo, and there's a baby panda cam (UPDATED)

Clear your schedules, people, you're all booked solid for the rest of the afternoon. The occasion? Last night, a baby panda was born at The National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and — because baby pandas are awesome and productivity is overrated — the zoo's panda team has set up TWO baby panda cams.

Neil Gaiman signs five book deal Neil Gaiman signs five book deal

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.

The earliest known panda-like fossils have been found - in Spain!? The earliest known panda-like fossils have been found - in Spain!?

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.

Should We Just Let Pandas Die Off Already? Should We Just Let Pandas Die Off Already?

Pandas. Zoos want them, other bears want to be them (maybe?). But are they really worth all the trouble? Let's fight about it:

Do pandas hold the key to reducing US reliance on foreign oil? Do pandas hold the key to reducing US reliance on foreign oil?

Pandas have all kinds of talents, like looking adorable, dozing off for no reason, and looking tiny next to Shaq.

Pandas really don't want to mate with each other Pandas really don't want to mate with each other

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.

Hone Your Chopstick Skills With These Adorable Pandas Hone Your Chopstick Skills With These Adorable Pandas

Chopstick newbies in training need to toss thier trainer sticks and pick up a Panda Darake practice kit instead. Besides improving your finger dexterity, it's about the most adorable gadget I have ever seen.

Pandas are vegetarians because they lost the meat-eating gene Pandas are vegetarians because they lost the meat-eating gene

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.

No High Tech Gadgetry Needed For This Panda's Daring Escape No High Tech Gadgetry Needed For This Panda's Daring Escape

James Bond would envy at the ease with which this panda was able to escape its cell. Where are the guards when you need them? [YouTube]

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