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Design a Panda Habitat

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    Smithsonian National Zoological Park

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Design a Panda Habitat

In this online activity, learners design a new giant panda habitat for Mei Xiang and Tian Tian. Learners must balance the needs of the pandas, visitors, and staff in order to create a hospitable and enjoyable environment for the pandas to live in. Learners use hints and tips from zoo staff to select the features of the new exhibit including trees/plants, water features, enrichment, climate control, food, and research/observation elements.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Simulation


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet access


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
      • Biodiversity
    • Ecology
      • Ecosystems
      • Populations
      • Biodiversity
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • The Design Process

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection:

  • Association of Zoos and Aquariums


  • All Rights Reserved, Smithsonian National Zoological Park,

Funding Source:

  • FujiFilm


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