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Hellooooo Panda!

Hellooooo Panda!

We are meeting our last animal here in China- probably the most iconic one. The Giant Panda is close to our heart. These funny bears call just a few zoos home and we have been lucky enough to have a pair and their offspring right down the road from HQs at Zoo Atlanta. Let’s learn more about these national symbols of China.

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Giant Panda Fun Facts: 

  • Giant pandas live in bamboo forests in the mountains of China.
  • That bamboo makes up 99% of their diet. That’s right, these carnivores eat a mostly herbivore diet, with the occasional fish or protein.
  • Because bamboo is not very nutritional, pandas can eat 20-40 pounds a day.
  • They have an elongated wrist bone called a pseudo-thumb (fake thumb), that helps them hold bamboo.
  • Pandas grow up to 5 feet long and can weigh up to 100 lbs.
  • Females give birth to little pink cubs whose eyes and ears are closed when they are born.
  • Those cubs stay with their mom for about a year and a half.
  • Pandas are excellent climbers.
  • Fossils of giant pandas ancestors have been found that are 1-2 million years old.
  • They are listed as Vulnerable by the IUCN.

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These funny bears are one of our favorites. Their unusual markings make them a favorite with many people! They have a big fan club! One of our favorite comics is all about pandas- it’s called Your Brain On Pandas! Check it out!

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All About Acorns!

All About Acorns!

 

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TEDDY BEAR DAY!

TEDDY BEAR DAY!!!

Today is Teddy Bear Day! We’re celebrating these magical stuffed pals and their wild inspirations! Everyone hug their bear at home and send a hug to all those wild amazing bears out there!

Our pal Bertie Bear!

Our pal Bertie Bear!

Do you know where teddy bears came from? They were named after the American president Theodore Roosevelt (he also started the National Park System in the United States!) We found this great history of the teddy bear here!

So why do we love bears? We found this great answer on the New Hampshire Fish and Game website :

“What good are bears?
Throughout history, humans have always been interested in black bears. They occupy many places in our culture — from Native American ceremonies to Teddy bears. Bears have a very positive impact on our environment. Because bears need a variety of habitats to thrive, managing habitat for bears benefits many other species. As a result, bears are a good indicator species of healthy wildlife habitat. If a habitat supports bears, it will support many other creatures.

The bears themselves affect the ecosystem in a multitude of ways. As predators, they help control deer and moose populations; as scavengers they help clean up carcasses; in their search for insects, they act as nutrient recyclers; and by eating a variety of fruits, they help distribute and sow fruiting trees and shrubs which are used by other animals.

Bears also hold some secrets that are worthy of study — such as the ability of denning pregnant female bears to shut down their digestive and excretory systems and still deliver and nurse as many as 5 cubs. Bears also have significant economic value in many parts of the country; hunters, photographers and wildlife enthusiasts all spend significant sums of money in order to hunt or view bears. Hunters utilize harvested bears as a highly prized source of food. Bears enrich our lives in many ways and provide many useful functions. Perhaps the most important function is the knowledge that if you live in an area that can support a healthy bear population, that area is also healthy enough to support you.”

Black bear

Black bear

 

Brown bear

Brown bear

 

Sun bear

Sun bear

Sloth bear

Sloth bear

Polar bear

Polar bear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Asiatic Black Bear

Asiatic Black Bear

Spectacled bear

Spectacled bear

 

Panda bear

Panda bear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There are 8 species of bears in the world! They include Sun bears, Black bears, Brown bears, Polar bears, Asiatic Black bear, Sloth bear, Spectacled bear, Giant Panda bear. Six of the species are listed as threatened to endangered. There are many groups working to protect all of these bears, including the World Wildlife Fund!

Every time you hug your favorite Teddy friend think of great ways you can help their wild cousins! Happy Teddy Bear Day!

 

 

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BEAR WEEK- GUESS THE BEAR!

BEAR WEEK- GUESS THE BEAR!

Look at the picture, read the clues and then tell us what bear your think it is in the comments!

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  • I live in China.
  • I only eat bamboo.
  • I am the size of a stick of butter when I am born.

Who Am I?

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MARCH CRAFT- BEAR WEEK!!

MARCH CRAFT!

CLAY BEAR!

Materials:

1.    Air drying clay –Brown & Black (we only have brown because our local craft store was out of black)

2.    Sharpie marker

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Instructions:

1. Get a large piece of clay and make into an oval for the bear’s body

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2. Then roll out to pieces to about a 1 ½” logs for legs & attach to the body.

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3. Then roll out 1” logs for the arms & attach to the body.

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4. Roll out a round ball for the head and attach to the body.

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5. Next roll out balls for ears.

6. Finally if you have black, roll out two small balls for the eyes and a slightly larger one for the nose. If you don’t have it, roll those out of brown and color with the marker.

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If you want to add paws- you can do so with black clay or draw them on with a marker.

We sure hope you make yourself a bear pal and remember we love to see your artwork- so show us on our Facebook page or Tweet us a picture! (You can buy black & white clay & make a Panda Bear too!)

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BEAR WEEK DAY #2

BEAR WEEK DAY #2

We’re traveling to Southeast Asia today to meet a very handsome bear with a funny long tongue! Grab your gear we’re heading into the rainforest!

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MEET THE SUN BEAR!

    sun bearRange/Habitat: Southeast Asia/ rainforest

    Diet: Omnivore: fruit, shoots, eggs, honey, termites

    Length/Weight: 3 ½-4 ½ ft/ 110-145 lbs

    Conservation Status: endangered

 

 

 

 

Fun Facts:

  • Sun bears are also called the dog bear or honey bear.
  • They have sleek, smooth brown-black fur with a white-orangeish “sun” patch on their chest.
  • They have very loose skin around their neck.
  • Sun bears are the smallest member of the bear family.
  • They have very long claws for climbing and digging for insects and honey.
  • Sun bears have very long tongues that they can extend up to 10”. They use these tongues to get termites and honey.
  • Sun bears are nocturnal (active at night).
  • They spend most of their time in trees.

Sun bears are just so adorable. They are endangered mainly due to habitat loss. There are lots of things that we can do to ensure our rainforests are kept intact. We love The Rainforest Site, because all you have to do is click once a day and money goes to save habitat for great animals such as our Sun Bear pal!

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BEAR WEEK DAY #1

BEAR WEEK!

It is March’s theme week and we’re spotlighting one of our favorite animals- Bears! We’ll be meeting several of the 8 species of bears, making a bear craft and we’ll have guess the bear! Whew! Are you ready to start this unbearleavablely exciting week? Well then, let’s head out to the Appalachian Mountains of North America to meet..

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MEET THE BLACK BEAR!

black bear Range/Habitat: North America-Mexico/ forests, mountains

Diet: Omnivore: berries, grubs, nuts, insects

Length/Weight: 4 ¼-6 ¼ ft/ 120-600 lbs

Conservation Status: common

 

Fun Facts:

  • Black bears are excellent climbers.
  • They have long claws to help them dig for food and for climbing.
  • They have prehensile lips. Those lips help them grab small food items.
  • Black bears sleep through the winter in the northern ranges. They do not hibernate.
  • Black bear mothers are extremely protective of their cubs.
  • The cubs stay with their mothers for about two years.

Black bears are agile and cute. They are also smart and are known to get in human food and trash. It’s important for people to keep their trash in containers that are bear proof!

 

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