Zen Den Friday
Cuddle up and catch some zen with the pandas.
Did You Know? A pandas lifespan, on average, is 18-20 years in the wild and 30-35 years in captivity.
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Get Your Rocks Off
Did You Know?
Yosemite National Park is home to one of the most famous rock formations in the world: the Half Dome. It is likely that the Half Dome never had another half. What did happen, however, is that an intrusion of granodiorite took place deep underground. As it became exposed to erosion, pressure change caused the rock to crack apart in thin shells, leaving the mountainside clean. This process is also known as exfoliation. (Sierra Club)
See more of Yosemite here.
Posted 1 month ago
Find Your Wild Side
Flip through our collection of Wildlife Photography from the Wolong Nature Reserve in China. In the photo above, a caretaker at Wolong feeds a baby panda.
Breeding is a particular tricky business with pandas: Females are in the mood for only one to three days each year. This reproductive limitation initially gave researchers a hard time getting pandas to mate. But they’re now having more success.
Though extensive research has explored female pandas’ reproductive behaviors, the other half of the panda population has not been well described. …Pandas’ peak breeding season is between March 22 and April 15. This information helps researchers understand when are good times to collect sperm for artificial insemination and when more natural breeding might take place. (CSMonitor)
Posted 1 month ago
Too Cute Tuesday
There are about 1,600 pandas left in the wild, which is actually a small increase since the 70s. Many organizations are working to save the pandas for future generations.
Did You Know? Yes, pandas are good climbers, but they are also good swimmers! Read more facts here.
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Posted 2 months ago