Americans have always been fascinated by panda bears, and the San Diego Panda Cam permits viewers from around the world to see them live via a computer stream.
Pandas are native to Southwest China in the Gansu, Shaanxi, and Sichuan Provinces, and to the east of the Tibetan plateau. They have been on the endangered species list for many years, and there are approximately 2,500 left in their natural habitats.
Because of they are so close to becoming an extinct species, a concerted effort has been made to raise and study them in zoos. This project is a part of this effort to help save the rarest of the bear family.
It took them many years of paperwork to obtain their animals to study, and they finally succeeded in 1996. Their efforts were not in vain. In 1999 the San Diego Zoo had its first bear birth, Hua Mei. After being returned to China in 2004, she gave birth to seven cubs, including three sets of twins!
While many species have left on the planet, we are more likely to help causes the aid in their repopulation. The San Diego Zoo has a special area of its website dedicated to showing you ways to help the giant panda.
Presently, the camera permits you to see the lives of it's five pandas twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The bears at the zoo are:
Bai Yun-Born in 1991, she has given birth to five panda's while living at the zoo
Gao Gao-a panda rescued from the wilds in China, he is the father of four of Cai Yun's cubs
Su Lin was born in 2005
Zhen Zhen was born in 2007
Yun Zi is the youngest panda bear to be seen on camera, having been born in August 2009
Why is this necessary in aiding the falling panda population? The answer is simple. These adorable creatures become more real to us when we are able to see them as they live in real time. Where else can you see a panda live eating bamboo and playing in its "wild" exhibit? You can watch Bai Yun take care of Yun Zi each and every day. Where else can you get a zoology lesson like that?
If we fall in love and become captivated by the pandas that we have left on the planet, we are more likely to help causes the aid in their repopulation. The San Diego Zoo has a special area of its website dedicated to showing you ways to help the giant panda.
Since pandas in captivity can be found in very few places in the world, the San Diego Panda Cam lets you visit them live any time you wish.