August. 2004-A brief history of giant pandas and where they are Wild giant pandas have aroused worldwide interest in this species
When was the first giant panda discovered?
Discovery of the West The West first learned about giant pandas on March 11, 1869, when French missionary Armand David received the skin from a hunter. The first Westerner known to have seen a living giant panda was the German zoologist Hugo Weigold, who bought a turnip in 1916.
Where did the panda come from?
The giant panda, which grows naturally in central China, has become a symbol of vulnerable species. Only 1,864 giant pandas live in their habitat, and an additional 600 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world.
What is the history of pandas?
The giant panda was first introduced to the West in 1869 when the French zoologist and priest Father Armand David sent the panda's fur and skeleton to Paris. Long before Western culture embraced the adorable black and white pandas, they were a staple of Chinese art, dating back thousands of years.
Who was the first panda?
The first giant pandas to leave China arrived in California in December 1936. Except that it wasn't that huge, it was a three-month-old child named Su Lin on the arm of American social notable Ruth Harkness. National Geographic has this photo of Surin and Harkness.