As with all the zoos that have been uploaded, the upshot is that you can walk through the grounds. You can see not only the giant pandas but also other endangered animals. This link will take you to a part of the trail that overlooks a panda exhibit, while this one will zoom in on a red panda (which isn't actually a panda, but that's for another time).
The only gripe we have is with the actual Google Maps blog post itself. Here's how it begins:
Animal-lovers, rejoice! If you enjoy watching wildlife, but find yourself stuck in the urban jungle, never fear. You can now use Google Maps and Street View to preview the must-see spots at zoos around the world before heading there in person, or take a virtual trip to some of the most famous zoos and animal parks, right from your living room.
We could not agree more - almost literally, we do not have any more agreement to give - that travelers should check out zoos on Google Maps before going to see them in person. Check them out, and then go to them, and then donate to them, because conservation is neat.
But this 'take a virtual trip from your living room' nonsense has to stop. As we've said over and over and over again, it may be the single most douchetastic phrase in the entire world of travel. Stop it.
[Photo: Google Maps]