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|Here's a picture of Lun Lun, a female giant panda who delivered a newborn cub one year ago.|
Scientists have debated for more than a century whether giant pandas belong to the bear family, the raccoon family or a separate family of their own. This is because the giant panda and its cousin, the lesser or red panda, share many characteristics with both bears and raccoons. Recent DNA analysis indicates that giant pandas are more closely related to bears and red pandas are more closely related to raccoons. Accordingly, giant pandas are categorized in the bear family while red pandas are categorized in the raccoon family.
KINGDOM Animalia FAMILY Ursidae
PHYLUM Vertebrata GENUS Ailuropoda
CLASS Mammalia SPECIES melanoleuca
History: The scientific name of the giant panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca, means "black and white cat-footed." Over the past 3,000 years, the much-loved panda has acquired over 30 different Chinese names. Today, the most widely used Chinese name is da xiongmao (dah-shung-mah-ow), translated into English it means "large bear-cat."
The giant panda is a symbol of peace in China. One reason for this is that pandas rarely feed on other animals. The panda's peaceful reputation also arises from the ancient belief that pandas fed on copper and iron. This belief probably stemmed from the fact that pandas sometimes enter villages and lick and chew on cooking pots. In times of war iron was used to make weapons and copper was used to make Buddhist statues. Thus the panda was believed to go hungry in wartime and flourish in times of peace. Additionally, the panda was used as a symbol on flags to signal surrender. Today, the giant panda is the logo of the World Wide Fund for Nature (also known as the World Wildlife Fund), an organization dedicated to the conservation and protection of the world's endangered species.
References to the giant pandas can be found in Chinese writings that are over 3,000 years old. Pere Armand David, a French missionary, first introduced the giant panda to the Western world. The first live panda was exported from China to the United States in 1936. This animal was exhibited at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago.
Other Pandas in the United States
National Zoo Pandas | San Diego Zoo Pandas | Memphis Zoo Pandas
Length: Giant pandas are about 5 - 6 feet (1.6 - 1.8 meters) in length.
Weight: Newborn giant panda average only about 3.7 ounces (104 g) in weight. Adults average 175 - 275 lbs. (80 - 125 kg) Wild adult males average 225 lbs. (102 kg). Wild adult female average 193 lbs. (88 kg). Males weigh an average of 10-20% more than females, indicating sexual dimorphism.
Coloration: The color pattern of the giant panda's coat is unique among mammals. This color pattern is visible in the forest; but provides camouflage in the snow.
The hair is coarse and extremely dense and woolly. It is also slightly oily.
The density of the coat keeps the animal warm, and the oiliness repels water; this is an adaptation to a cool to a cool, moist climate.
I took this photo with my new telephoto lens sent to me by my good friend Alan Turvey in England (liquidsunshine). Cheers, Alan!
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Hello! Amazing portrait!
I love this photo, and I (for some reason) can imagine him with a TV remote and a can of Bud! The photo is so close that I can see his teeth. Perfect lighting, great pose (absolutely funny) and I love the contrast of the colors of his own body versus that of the background. This is one of my favorites.
and in your photo, she is a what a cute BIG girl (lol),
what a nice pose for you, excellent details of the panda bear
and nice contrast beetween her bodys highlight and shadow colors
What a cute and cuddly looking fella!
Lovely colors and sharpness. I like that you got his attention and he is looking straight at you too. Almost as though you say "say Cheese" and he smiled for you.
- [2007-09-20 23:36]
A fine capture of the buddah bear,well captured with good colors and sharpness,well done and tfs
What a cute and lovely animal with perfect clarity, vivid colour and details
great exposure and focus on this one!
It's a great size of photo to see LunLun!
thanks for sharing
They are real Buddha Alli :) I love those notes and very friendly picture. I have learned many new things about those interesting creatures. It is so true that they look like a mix between a raccoon and a bear! If I was a scientist, I would be all mixed up :) Thanks a lot for this nice and much interesting post.
PS, She is posing for you! Look at this expression, she is smiling!
Adorable!!! Absolutely too cute! :)
magnifique, la position est superbe, il n' attends que la photo, belles couleurs, bonne netteté
merci a toi du partage