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yun zi love bamboo - San Diego Zoo | by Tim Evanson
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yun zi love bamboo - San Diego Zoo

Yun Zi the giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) snarfs down some yummy bamboo at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, California.


The giant panda is a bear native to subalpine tropical bamboo forests of central- and south-western China. In 2007, there were 266 captive pandas, with another 1,600 in the wild. Due to habitat loss, it is highly endangered.


Adult pandas are 4 to 6 feet long, 1'10" to 2'10" inches tall at the shoulder. Males weigh about 350 pounds, with females about 10 to 20 percent smaller. The giant panda has large molars and strong jaw muscles for crushing tough bamboo. The giant panda has five fingers, plus a "thumb." This is actually a wristbone embedded in tendons and muscle that is designed to help the panda hold bamboo while eating. The giant panda typically lives around 20 years in the wild.


Yun Zi ("Son of the Cloud" in Mandarin) was born at the San Diego Zoo in August 2009. His father is Gao Gao, and his mother is Bai Yun ("White Cloud"). He was the product of natural mating.

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Taken on August 8, 2012