The Panda Baby

The birth and survival of a panda cub signals hope for the world’s most cherished endangered animals, in NATURE’s The Panda Baby.

In late August of 1999, scientists at the San Diego Zoo marked a rare event they had struggled for years to bring about: the birth of a giant panda outside of China. It made headlines around the world. But the time for celebration was not yet at hand. Five other pandas had been born in the United States — and none had lived past the fourth day.

Against the odds, however, this tiny newcomer, Hua Mei, grew and thrived, and her survival has become a hallmark of the desperate international quest to save the giant panda, perhaps the most visible symbol of the world’s endangered animals.

The Panda Baby, with the aid of exclusive footage from the World Famous San Diego Zoo, as the institution is formally known, captures all the tense drama of Hua Mei’s birth and her survival through infancy.

To order a copy of The Panda Baby, please visit the NATURE Shop.

Online content for The Panda Baby was originally posted September 2001.

  • LeAnne

    this panda was so adorable that i wanted to go over there and kid nap it

  • oreo

    PaNdAs ArE jUsT sO CuTe… AwWwWw…

  • oreo

    pandas are all emos.. kuel…

  • crackers

    awwwwww look at the panda bibi

  • annette

    iluv pandas!

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  • Melissa

    I love pandas… and monkeys

  • karla

    hi iiIm that one

  • kaitlynn

    i just adore panda bears i want to have one as a pet

  • tori

    I seriously adore pandas!!!! They would be awesome for a pet :]


    I pledged with JOY & can’t wait to receive the Panda VIDEO! My 8 year-old nephew is going to treasure it!

  • Nancy Espinoza

    this is a very good page I like it……

  • Alicia

    i love pandas their so cute i have everything panda that ever exists!

  • suzuk

    this is a great sight to learn about pandas.I enjoy reading it.Pandas r one of my favourite animals.they r just too cute for me! i wish i had a panda cub as a pet.i also i like watching the movie kung fu panda.Pandas r great!! ^_^ >__< :)

  • kevin

    i like cheese…..

  • Kristen

    This panda was sooooo cute! I wish that that was mine!

  • danille

    thay are so cute

  • judith

    pandas r so adorable.

  • Jelena

    can we adopt a panda:))
    take care about she while she is a baby, and than return to home when she grow up?

  • Jelena

    a really means this, so is possible?

  • awesome

    i love pandas

  • pandaz

    pandas are awesome!!!

  • monmonmnonmnomn

    This is awsome…awsome…awsome…awsome…awsome…awsome…!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!;);0;];[;[;[;[;[;];];];];]=]=]=]=]=]=]=]

  • Nichole

    That Panda Is so Cute,And I want One

  • dakota

    i jus love to see pandas i just want 2 sqeeze them.

  • taylor

    that panda is th most adorable thing in the world. i want to hold and squeeze one

  • brigida

    pandas are sooooo cute!

  • bob

    i sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo luv the baby pandas they r soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo cute also they are black and white my fav colors

  • pandalover

    i just adore love and cherish pandas i want one for my birthday.

  • beonka

    I want to help endangered animals because I think it is wrong and crual to do that to cute animals I mean you should only kill what you need not for things like their fur and not eat it!!!!!!!!!!

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  • badgirl

    hello hello hello

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  • keyana palomera

    i love baby pandas,they’re soooooooooooooooooooooo cute!espesially when they get their fur,they’re so cute! I am really a panda lover. I want to save them from dieing.People are cutting down their food,which are bamboo trees. WOULD YOU WANT A WORLD WITHOUT PANDAS?

  • gwen

    omg!!pandas rock I just luv em so much!!!I there cute

  • Douglas Hill

    I’ve never seen a panda live, but everytime I see pictures of them or videos it cheers me up. They are without a doubt some precious animals,and we need to save them.

  • Fernando

    i’ve never seen a panda live [2] just on videos or pictures =|
    i love pandas ♥

  • Caleigh Davis

    I LOVE PANDAS! they are my favorite anamal.I think they are soooooooooo cute!

  • Darren

    Pandas Are Soooooooooooooo Cute <3

  • Mercy

    I love pandas so much,I can’t imagine a world without them.

  • Destiney

    I love pandas my boyfriend got me into them there so cute

  • sajna

    so cute

  • jesusbanda

    cute panda

  • Elizabeth

    Pandas are so cute! I admire them for all their different personalities.

  • Claudie Moilien

    Although I realize this isn’t the most durable kind of enclosure and that unless you used some kind of special paint it probably wouldn’t be very heat resistant but I really like this idea for making relatively quick and potentially sweet looking cases for projects.

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