The giant panda is an endangered species, with only 1,600 living in the world.
Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington, eats breakfast. Mei Xiang has given birth to a cub following five consecutive pseudopregnancies in as many years.
A 5-week-old, 3.2-pound giant panda cub at the San Diego Zoo, which veterinarian Meg Sutherland Smith said despite being a bit lighter in weight than Bai Yun's previous five cubs, looks healthy with a belly girth of 12 inches, indicating he is eating well. (Sept. 6, 2012)
Yang Guang (Sunshine), a giant male panda, chews on bamboo on his ninth birthday, his first on Scottish soil, at the Edinburgh Zoo in Edinburgh. Yang Guang is one of the two giant pandas which arrived at the zoo on December 4, 2011 and which will spend 10 years on loan in the Scottish capital, a deal agreed after years of high-level political and diplomatic negotiations with China. (Aug. 14, 2012)
Yang Guang (Sunshine), a giant male panda, chews on bamboo on his ninth birthday, his first on Scottish soil, at Edinburgh Zoo. (Aug. 14, 2012)
A giant panda rests on a rock at the Beijing Zoo in Beijing, China. With an estimated 1,600 living in the wild, the endangered giant panda dwells in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. (June 5, 2012)
A Panda bear sleeps in the Olympic Games Panda Bear enclosure at the Beijing Zoo. (May 22, 2012)
A Panda bear sleeps in the Olympic Games Panda Bear enclosure at the Beijing Zoo. The zoo grounds were originally a Ming Dynasty imperial palace and opened to the public in 1908. During WWII, most of the zoo's animals died of starvation, with only 13 monkeys and one old emu surviving the war. (May 22, 2012)
A 6-year-old male giant panda 'RiRi' stands on hind legs to reach out for an apple, not in the photo, at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo, Japan. (March 17, 2012)