|Copyright: WEI C CHANG (rightway)
|Date Taken: 2007-06-17|
|Camera: Nikon D70, Nikon AF VR 80-400 ED|
|Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds|
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|Photo Version: Original Version|
|Date Submitted: 2008-04-26 8:32|
|[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note|
|The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)is a mammal classified in the bear family (Ursidae), native to central-western and southwestern China.The panda was previously thought to be a member of the Procyonidae.It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though belonging to the order Carnivora, the panda has a diet which is 99% bamboo. Pandas may eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges and bananas when available.|
Giant Pandas live in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. They once lived in lowland areas, but farming, forest clearing, and other development now restrict giant pandas to the mountains.
The Giant Panda is an endangered species. According to the latest report,China has 239 giant pandas in captivity (128 of them in Wolong and 67 in Chengdu), and another 27 pandas living outside the country. It also estimated that around 1,590 pandas are currently living in the wild.However, a 2006 study, via DNA analysis, estimated that there might be as many as 2,000 to 3,000 pandas in the wild.Though reports show that the numbers of wild pandas are on the rise,the World Conservation Union (IUCN) believes there is not enough certainty to remove pandas from the endangered animal list.
The species is a favorite of the public, at least in part because many people find that it has a baby-like cuteness. Also, it is usually depicted reclining peacefully eating bamboo, as opposed to hunting, which adds to its image of innocence. Though giant pandas are often assumed docile, they have been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than predatory behavior.
This Giant Panda photo was taken at the National Zoo in Washington D.C..
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Very cute one. This is one of my favourite animal. The whole atmosphere is very good. TFS
- [2008-04-27 18:23]
Great shot of the Giant Panda. The fog adds a new demension to the photo. Looks like he is in a very relaxed mood. TFS.
Pity that the photo is not in their natural habitat. They are left very few. Very interesting.
- [2008-05-12 18:37]
Superbe spécimen et bel ambiance.
Merci pour le partage.
- [2008-05-12 19:43]
Hello Wei! Very good capture of the Panda, beautiful and funny, thanks!
- [2008-05-24 20:37]
A lovely capture of this panda.The shot has a wonderful atmosphere.
Excellent pov and dof.
The colours are very good.
- [2008-06-16 12:02]
I just love this picture. Great composition, live colours and light and a great pose from the panda. Simply great.