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2012-11-18 08:20:11

CHENGDU, China, Nov. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The 3 winners of the 2012 Global Search for Chengdu Pambassador were officially awarded this afternoon at the Panda Base in Chengdu, the hometown of giant pandas. The three winners include Jerome Pouille from France, Chen, Yinrong from China, and Melissa Katz from the United States. (Photo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121118/CN15660) Upon announcing the result of the competition, Dr. Zhang Zhihe, Director of the Panda Base, noted the...

Spanish Researchers Unearth Oldest Fossils Related To Giant Panda
2012-11-15 08:07:34

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online When we think of pandas, we often think of China, where the gentle giants are found. But not all pandas have necessarily hailed from the Far East. That´s a new theory from Spanish researchers who have unearthed the oldest fossils of what could be a close relative of the giant panda. The fossils are of two individuals, being called Kretzoiarctos beatrix, and are between 11.5 million and 12.5 million years old, according to the...

Climate Change Forecast Spells Doom For Bamboo, Panda Bears
2012-11-12 08:30:56

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A disturbing number of reports in recent years have been highlighting the ill effects climate change is, and will be, having on the environment and the delicate ecosystem, with one recent study reporting the possible extinction of coffee within 70 years due to global warming. Now, a new study is predicting climate change to wipe out bamboo, an important food source for pandas, which are already threatened by slow breeding and loss...

2012-11-06 08:32:03

ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Panda Security, The Cloud Security Company, announced the launch of its new Renewal Fee Program, a channel strategy for the company's 2013 consumer solutions that enables better sales flow tracking and provides incentives to channel partners. The launch of this program emphasizes the company's appreciation of its distribution channel and the importance it has on the sales process. The Renewal Fee Program involves the use of a new tracking system to...

Elephant Learns To Speak Korean
2012-11-01 14:10:37

[ Watch the Video: An Elephant that Speaks Korean ] Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online What is cooler than a monkey that can do sign language? An Asian elephant that can speak Korean, which is exactly what one elephant named Koshik has learned to do. Researchers wrote in the journal Current Biology that they have confirmed that Koshik has learned how to speak Korean by vocalizing it with his trunk in his mouth. Koshik currently knows how to say hello, sit down,...

2012-10-30 11:22:15

CHENGDU, China, Oct. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Yesterday, the first baby panda born at the Chengdu Panda Base in 2012 was officially named by popular vote. Over 890,000 internet users voted for names nominated by other netizens. After stepping outside the nursery for the first time, the name of the 3-month old baby panda, born on the opening day of the London Olympics, was officially announced by Zhang Zhihe, Director of the Chengdu Panda Base. The winning name, "Oreo" was proposed...

2012-10-18 07:22:05

WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chengdu Panda Base, in partnership with WildAid and the Yao Ming Foundation, have announced the selection of four U.S.-based finalists as part of the Global Pambassador program. The four finalists will travel to Chengdu Panda Base in China to compete in a three-week competition with other finalists from around the world from October 28-November 16, 2012. After two days of competition, four finalists were chosen to represent the US at the finals...

Panda Was On The Menu In Ancient Times
2012-10-15 04:22:25

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A Chinese scientist claims to have discovered evidence that prehistoric people once killed and ate wild pandas, though the creatures were believed to be much smaller during that time. Wei Guangbiao, the director of the Institute of Three Gorges Paleoanthropology at a museum in the city of Chongqing, said that he had analyzed Ailuropoda melanoleuca fossils that showed that the creatures had once been "slashed to death" by humans,...

2012-10-09 07:22:00

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chengdu Panda Base, in partnership with WildAid and the Yao Foundation, have announced the selection of 24 North American semi-finalists as part of the Global Pambassador program. The semi-finalists will compete in a series of panda related challenges over the course of two days in Washington, D.C. The 2012 Global Pambassador campaign is a 3-month competition to develop global knowledge and awareness about giant panda conservation. Four finalists...

Elephant Communication Has A Specific Purpose
2012-10-03 05:04:49

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A family of elephants deep in the semi-arid African savannah gathers around a watering hole, drinking, bathing and resting. The matriarch moves away from the group, turns her back and gives the "let's-go-rumble" — as it is referred to in scientific literature. This starts a coordinated and well-timed conversation between the leaders of the family, signaling that it is time for the entire family to leave. The rumble that starts...


Latest EDGE Species Reference Libraries

Javan Rhinoceros, Rhinoceros sondaicus
2014-04-11 12:20:28

The Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus), also known as the Sunda rhinoceros or the lesser one-horned rhinoceros, is one of five living species of rhino that can be found in a small area in western Java in Ujung Kulon National Park. Its range once extended from Bengal and Assam to Cambodia, Thailand, Myanmar, Vietnam, and Laos and included the islands of Sumatra and Java. This species prefers to reside in grasslands, rainforests, and reed beds with abundant vegetation and water at higher...

Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

Falanouc
2012-06-14 17:57:28

The falanouc is a mongoose type creature that is native to Madagascar. Its closest extant, or living, relative is the fanaloka, but it is distinct from this animal in many ways. Unlike the fanaloka, the falanouc has no anal or perineal glands. It has non-retractable claws and a mouth structure that consists of backwards sloping premolars and canines. It is thought that this is due to its primary diet of invertebrates such as snails, slugs, and worms. The falanouc prefers habitats within...

Baird’s Tapir, Tapirus bairdii
2012-05-09 08:23:13

Baird’s Tapir (Tapirus bairdii) is native to Central America and northern areas of South America. It is among three species of tapir that is native to Latin America. Baird’s tapir was named after Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American naturalist who observed the creatures in 1843 on a trip to Mexico, even though W. T. White, another American naturalist, made the first documentation of the tapir. Commonly known as danta by people throughout its range, this tapir has been given other...

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2007-12-21 13:23:50

The Somali Wild Ass (Equus asinus somalicus), is a subspecies of the African Wild Ass. It is found in the Southern Red Sea region of Eritrea, the Afar Region of Ethiopia, and Somalia. The legs of the Somali Wild Ass are horizontally striped with black, resembling those of a zebra. Photo Credit: Robert Lawton

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