Panda mother and baby

Panda Curriculum


In the wild, we find giant pandas in the mountains of China. They live in damp, misty forests of bamboo and old-growth conifers. They share habitat with other animals, such as shaggy takins, elusive Mang Mountain vipers, and shy red pandas. At Panda Trek you can meet them all, plus you’ll learn about panda research and conservation. This guide follows the adventures of panda researcher Dr. Ron Swaisgood. (Find out more about Dr. Swaisgood on page 2.) You’ll find grade-specific activities for grades K-8, and you can easily modify most of the activities up or down to suit the grade level and needs of your students. We hope you and your students will “trek” to the San Diego Zoo to see giant pandas and other wildlife!

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