Giant Panda

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Giant Panda

Giant Panda

Giant Pandas live in central China in some mountain ranges. The mountain ranges are Sichuan, Shaanxi, and the Gansu provinces.

The giant panda is a beloved and instantly recognizable animal, though a 2004 study showed that only about 1,600 pandas live in the wild. This bear has long been endangered, and has been the official logo of the World Wildlife Federation since 1961. Most of what humans know about the giant panda is thanks to the comments and the few studies of giant pandas living in captivity in zoos.


Pandas have distinctive ears, legs and eyes rimmed in black. They have a thick, heavy coat that keeps them warm in the rain and cold of their natural habitat. Pandas reach an average size of between 2 and 3 feet (60.96 cm and 91.44 cm) tall when on all fours, and can be up to 6 feet (1.83 m) long. The pandas weigh between 200 and 250 pounds (90.72 kg and 113.4 kg), and males weigh more than females. Often stretch their hind legs and sit when they eat.


Pandas eat bamboo. Since giant pandas have the digestive system of a carnivore, they do not have the ability to digest cellulose (plant matter) efficiently and thus derive little energy and little protein from consumption of bamboo. So, the average giant panda has to eat as much as 20 to 45 lbs (9-20 kg) of bamboo shoots a day. On occasion, giant pandas are also known to eat flowers, vines, tufted grasses, green corn, honey and rodents.




Cubs are born blind and helpless and if there are twins, only one cub survives. The cub's eyes open at six to eight weeks and it starts to move around at three months. Weaned at six months, the cub becomes independent after a year. They may, however, stay with their mothers for up to three years before they strike out on their own.

Since 2005, more than 2.5 million hectares of panda habitat were under the protection of the Chinese government. Within these there are over 50 acres panda reserves. Despite efforts to protect the giant panda, habitat loss and poaching remain significant problems. The bear is a major attraction in zoos, where they are carefully studied. There are between 100 and 300 pandas in zoos, most of them in China.

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