Simosthenurus occidentalis had a body like a kangaroo, a face like a koala, and a bite like a panda.
A new analysis of an extinct giant kangaroo skull suggests it was adapted to eat tough, woody material - a feeding style not found in any modern marsupials.
Funi and Wang Wang in December, 2011. The gian pandas’ stay at Adelaide Zoo depends on federal funding to pay China about A$1 million a year.
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When it comes to giant pandas, politics, economics and international diplomacy often eclipse conservation considerations.
‘No more milkshake for me.’
New research shows why the milk of panda mothers is far better than formula.
Will this make my tummy hurt?
Pandas are bears – but two million years ago they stopped eating meat. Their digestive systems have not yet adapted, though. Do upset stomachs make panda pregnancy more difficult?
Pandas breed in the wild after fighting off competition from other males – something they're denied in captivity.
Nah I’m staying here, have already walked 20 metres today.
It's official: giant pandas are cool.
One of four koalas on loan to Singapore Zoo, where they were unveiled to the public on Wednesday May 20.
Four female koalas have just made their debut in front of an adoring public at Singapore Zoo – the latest in a long line of animals used for diplomatic purposes, going back to Winston the platypus.
Problems breeding captive pandas shouldn’t distract from the problems faced by those in the wild.
When the Chinese authorities in Chengdu showed off their 14 giant panda cubs last week, it again raised questions about the role of panda breeding in zoos outside China, and whether it is a help or hindrance…
Modeling predicts climate change may diminish bamboo stocks in regions of China, threatening the giant panda’s food supply…