Published: July 2006
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In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

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National Zoological Park: Panda Cam
Meet the most famous baby in Washington, D.C.! National Zoo's panda cam lets you check in on Tai Shan and his mom, Mei Xiang, as they munch on bamboo, play, and—yes—sleep. Meet the panda keepers, get a free giant panda screen saver, and find out how you can support the Giant Panda Conservation Fund.

World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
A quarter century ago, the WWF was the first international organization to work on panda conservation in China. Panda surveys conducted by China's State Forestry Administration and WWF, groundbreaking fieldwork, and other measures have shed new light on the biology and ecology of pandas and led to increased protection of the species. Learn about WWF panda programs—and what you can do to help—at this site.

Giant Panda Species Survival Plan
The American Zoo and Aquarium Association developed Species Survival Plans to coordinate the efforts of zoos in breeding, genetic management, husbandry, and scientific studies. Of interest to both professional researchers and avid panda fans, this site features articles on the natural history and ecology of the giant panda as well as an overview of its place in Chinese cultural history.

San Diego Zoo
The San Diego Zoo's Giant Panda Research Station features the largest collection of pandas in the U.S.: Four bears call it home. Visit this website to check out the panda cam, to read blogs from panda keepers and trainers, and to catch up on the zoo's innovative panda research.

Zoo Atlanta
Zoo Atlanta's giant pandas, Lun Lun and Yang Yang, captivate local residents and out-of-town visitors alike. Globally, the zoo's panda programs are opening doors by bringing conservation education to China. The zoo's new Academy for Conservation Training highlights the role of modern zoos and aquariums in developing empathy toward animals and nature.

Memphis Zoo
Ya Ya and Le Le—residents of the Memphis Zoo since 2003—enjoy a 16-million-dollar exhibit area and the attentions of the zoo's "bamboo crew," which harvests more than 40 pounds (20 kilograms) of fresh bamboo daily to feed them. View the pair and check out the zoo's research plans at this site.

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
One of the best known and most successful giant panda breeding facilities in China, the Chengdu Research Base—located in a beautifully landscaped park just outside the huge metropolis of Chengdu in Sichuan Province—strives to increase the survival rates of newborn pandas.


Lindburg, Donald, and Karen Baragona, eds. Giant Pandas: Biology and Conservation. University of California Press, 2004.

Lumpkin, Susan, and John Seidensticker. Smithsonian Book of Giant Pandas. Smithsonian Books, 2002.

Lü, Zhi. Giant Pandas in the Wild. Aperture, 2002.

Maple, Terry L. Saving the Giant Panda. Longstreet Press, 2000.

Schaller, George B. The Last Panda. University of Chicago Press, 1994.

NGS Resources

Krautwurst, Terry. "Panda Baby Grows Up." National Geographic World (November 2000), 6-10.

Sunquist, Fiona. "Endangered Wildlife." National Geographic World (June 1988), 28.

Lü, Zhi. "Newborn Panda in the Wild: A First Look." National Geographic (February 1993), 60-5.

Schaller, George B. "Secrets of the Wild Panda." National Geographic (March 1986), 284-309.