'Panda' photo (c) 2011, George Lu - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

Pandas from The National Zoo and the Atlanta Zoo were sent back to China today. I thought it might be a good occasion for a quick “The Best…” list of sites about pandas that are accessible to English Language Learners.

Here are my choices for The Best Sites To Learn About Pandas:


Check out the Creature Features segment on pandas from National Geographic For Kids.

New highways threaten giant pandas
is a Breaking News lesson for ELL’s.

Learn about pandas
at the San Diego Zoo.

Bye-Bye, Panda
is a slideshow from TIME Magazine.

A baby panda was recently born in Atlanta. Here are new additions to The Best Sites To Learn About Pandas:

Cell Phone-Sized Baby Panda is an ABC News video.

Hello World! Baby Panda Makes His Debut at Zoo Atlanta is from TIME Magazine.

Panda’s Debut At Tokyo Zoo is a Wall Street Journal slideshow.

Scientists Don Panda Costumes is a TIME Magazine slideshow.

Washington’s pregnant panda? is a Washington Post slideshow.

This is a great video from CBS News that they label “Crafty pandas mount a daring escape.”

Here’s their commentary:

The plan was simple. One guy distract the guard, the rest make a break for the exit. Almost too easy.

Did I mention we’re talking about pandas?

Pandas are usually slow to act (and even slower to mate.) But sometimes an opportunity is too good to pass up. There’s no mention of how the escape attempt ends, but chances are the pandas didn’t make an epic “Homeward Bound” type journey home.

San Diego Zoo Panda celebrates Birthday by Attacking Cake! is video I just had to add to this list:

Panda Preschool is a video from The Smithsonian Channel.


YouTube’s Cutest Baby Panda Videos is a great collection

National Zoo Panda Cub Makes Her Adorable Media Debut is a TIME slideshow.


Here’s a National Geographic game for learning about pandas.

Feedback is always welcome.

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