Stories tagged panda

I feel like there should be some whacky music or pun-filled intro a la America's Funniest Videos, but we'll let this video just stand on its own.

The final missing panda at a wildlife reserve near the epicenter of the Chinese earthquake from last month has been found dead. It was crushed under a collapsed wall at the Wolong Reserve. It's likely that all the remaining pandas will be moved to other locations are the Wolong site has suffered severe damage. Click here for previous posts on the earthquake's impact on pandas.

Two down, one to go on the recovery of missing Pandas from the Wolong Reserve in central China. The second of three missing pandas was found Monday in the woods near the reserve. Wolong is the largest breeding preserve for the endangered animals and was just miles away from the epicenter of the devestaing earthquake earlier this month. Here's the link to other panda-related earthquake news.

Did the pandas at the Woolong reserve in China, right near the epicenter of this week's Chinese earthquake, sense things were going to happen before they did? This video of British tourists on the scene at the time of the quake seems to say so. Of course, you never can trust a panda, can you. Maybe they're the ones who caused the earthquake.


Awwww, cuuuute!: Photogenic species get more attention from conservation groups than ugly ones do. Photo NSF.

Giant pandas. Bald eagles. Sea turtles. Certain animals elicit a strong emotional response from people. Conservation efforts focused on these “charismatic megafauna” often meet with success.

But there are other endangered species as well. The red rat snake. The white wartyback mussel. The dromedary jumping slug. These creatures all perform important ecological services. But it’s a lot harder to get people excited about saving a slug.

David Stokes, a biologist at the University of Washington, studied popular penguin books and found that species with a little bit of color in their plumage get a disproportionate amount of attention, even though the plain black-and-white ones may be more endangered.

Stokes feels conservation groups need to figure out what features of an animal catch our attention, and then use that to help the less-photogenic animals. Emphasizing beautiful color might help some of the “ugly” species I listed above.

For a slide show on Stokes’ work, go here.