How Do Pandas Eat So Much Bamboo?

For members of the taxonomic order Carnivora, giant pandas (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) eat surprisingly little meat. They're nearly entirely herbivorous, subsisting almost exclusively on bamboo. What's strange about the panda is that it isn't really very well designed for a plant-based diet. At least not at first glance. » 3/26/14 4:31pm 3/26/14 4:31pm

Panda blood could hold the secret to the next generation of antibiotics

Pandas aren't exactly renowned for their health and hardiness — if anything, they've earned a reputation as a fragile, sex-averse species that needs constant human conservation just to keep from going extinct. Well, they might be about to repay the favor in a big way, thanks to a powerful antibiotic locked inside… » 1/01/13 3:04pm 1/01/13 3:04pm

Now you can watch giant panda cub Xiao Liwu sleeping on Pandacam

The week is almost over and things are getting kind of unbearable. That's why you need the San Diego Zoo's awesome Pandacam, which reveals a giant baby panda, snuggling up in his den, sometimes with his mom and sometimes in his own adorable little curl. Now that the little guy is over 100 days old, he's finally… » 11/15/12 5:31pm 11/15/12 5:31pm

Drop everything — a baby panda was just born at The National Zoo, and…

Clear your schedules, people, you're all booked solid for the rest of the afternoon. The occasion? Last night, a baby panda was born at The National Zoo in Washington, D.C.; and — because baby pandas are awesome and productivity is overrated — the zoo's panda team has set up TWO baby panda cams. » 9/17/12 12:55pm 9/17/12 12:55pm