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The Chengdu Pambassador Program is looking for panda-lovers who are keen to support panda conservation by becoming the new Chengdu Pambassadors, or Panda Ambassadors. Last week, the Chengdu Panda Base launched PandaQuest, a competition starting on Facebookand continuing through to on-the-ground events around the world and in Chengdu to create awareness about panda conservation and the Chengdu Panda Base’s goal to return pandas to the wild. The three Chengdu Pambassadors will have the unique opportunity to tour the world over five to six months and visit to help spread the word about Panda Conservation efforts. The cities around the world that the #pambassadors will be visiting all have Pandas that were born in the Chengdu captive breeding program with the aim of diversifying the gene pool and bringing Pandas back from the brink of extinction.

There is still time to enter yourself as a 2012 #Pambassador Candidate and make it to the semi-Finals in Washington, DC October 15th – 17th! The most important steps are setting up your profile, creating your profile cover graphic, and then asking friends for recommendation and hugs. Once you have that set up you can work on your one minute candidate video.






Did you know that by the end of 2011 there were only 1,590 Giant Pandas in the Wild and 333 in captivity?

Chengdu (China) Panda Base’s goal is to return Pandas to the wild.

A female adult Panda can begin to have babies at 5 years old. They generally have 1 or 2 babies at a time.

Pandas are pregnant between 80 and 100 days.

An adult giant panda in the wild generally spends about 16 hours searching for and eating bamboo. A captive bred giant panda usually spends about 8-10 hours eating bamboo, and the remaining time is used for sleeping and playing (with each other and enrichment activities their keepers engage them in).

Giant Pandas will choose different kinds of bamboos and different parts of the bamboo depending on the season

The giant panda is believed to be about 8 million years old one of the oldest existing species. Sometimes scientists refer to it as “the living fossil”

Giant Pandas eat a lot of bamboo and enjoy sweet fruits but they will occasionally eat meat.



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  1. Lisa hurley says:

    I have only saw them in the zoos:(

  2. Amber Miller says:

    All I know is.. I LOVE panda’s!!! And so does my 2 year old son!!

  3. Lisa Walker says:

    I have always loved pandas and I collected them when I was growing up.

  4. Krystal Anderson says:

    I have never seen one in person, i would love to. All i know it they eat a lot of bamboo and sleep a lot, like a cats..lol.

  5. Kathleen Kellams says:

    I know that pandas like to eat bamboo. I’d love to see one in it’s natural habitat but I’ve only seen them in zoos.

  6. Michelle Rosini says:

    I think I remember reading that a baby panda can fit in a spoon – while a baby whale is about the size of a truck. :-)

  7. Haley Preasmeyer says:

    Your CommentsThe giant panda is listed as endangered in the World Conservation Union’s (IUCN’s) Red List of Threatened Species

  8. Jessi Greenmamajama says:

    Panda’s are beautiful creatures. I have never seen them before…only on TV. My three daughters love Pandas and my littlest has a glow panda she sleeps with every night.

  9. Anita Andrick says:

    I only know that they live in mainly Asia and are vegetarians. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one in person. I would like to know many things about them.

  10. Richard Hicks says:

    I believe China has a massive Panda breeding program going on to save the species

    ardy22 at earthlink dot net

  11. Jennifer Rote says:

    I’ve never seen a panda in person but would love to. I know they are almost extinct.

  12. tammy dodson says:

    I have never saw one but always loved them.

  13. I saw on a program that they find it difficult to mate. SOme have to be taught. And I know that recently one baby panda died at a zoo.

  14. i have seen a panda at the washington dc zoo, they recently had a panda cub born but sadly it didn’t make it

  15. Andrea Williams says:

    Pandas are adorable! I’ve only seen them in zoos. I love how they take care of their babies, and its unbelievable how tiny they are.