Estimates place the number of giant pandas in the world today at 1,600-3,000. They are incredibly rare and endangered. That’s why this week’s announcement (August 12, 2014) of panda triplets at a zoo in southern China is so unexpected and exciting.
Deborah Byrd created the EarthSky radio series in 1991 and founded EarthSky.org in 1994. Today, she serves as Editor-in-Chief of this website. She has won a galaxy of awards from the broadcasting and science communities, including having an asteroid named 3505 Byrd in her honor. A science communicator and educator since 1976, Byrd believes in science as a force for good in the world and a vital tool for the 21st century. "Being an EarthSky editor is like hosting a big global party for cool nature-lovers," she says.