Tao Tao, a giant panda cub, is undergoing a process called "wild training" in preparation for his release into the wild. Watch Tao Tao take the final test he must pass in order for his training to be considered a success.Watch the video from the Nat Geo WILD program “Destination Wild,” then consult the tabs for some basic comprehension and critical-thinking questions, links to related materials, and a short glossary list of vocabulary used in the video.
Take a look at our MapMaker Interactive layer on the current and historic species range of the giant panda. How has the panda’s range changed over time?
Why do you think scientists are dressed like pandas?
Why are the scientists carrying around a stuffed leopard?
Those panda suits don’t look that convincing, and neither does the leopard. Do you think Tao Tao was fooled by either one? Why?
Besides sight, what other senses do the scientists in the video use to try to fool Tao Tao?
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry authentic Adjective
real or genuine.
captive breeding Noun
reproduction of rare species controlled by humans in a closed environment, such as a zoo.
desire to know more about a subject.
to bother or interfere with.
droppings Plural Noun
dung of certain animals, usually in pellet form.
reproduction or fake version of something.
area surrounded by a wall, fence, or other physical boundary.
to meet, especially unexpectedly.
to try or test an idea.
waste material produced by the living body of an organism.
to pursue and kill an animal, usually for food.
able to see objects at a short distance. Also called myopic.
animal that hunts other animals for food.
radio collar Noun
a band put around the neck of an animal that uses radio signals to track the animal's movement.
species range Noun
native, geographic area in which an organism can be found. Range also refers to the geographic distribution of a particular species.
Encyclopedic Entry: species range superior Adjective
better than something else.
telemetry Noun to transmit data automatically and at a distance, usually between a ground station and a moving source, such as a satellite or radio collar. urine Noun
liquid waste excreted by an animal's kidneys.
capable of being hurt.
organisms living in a natural environment.
wildlife biologist Noun
person who studies animals in their native habitats.