Check out these 10 Interesting Facts about Chinese Pandas. How many of these do you already know?
1. The giant panda (Xiongmao in Chinese) is known as the National Treasure (Guobao) in China, and they are black and white bears that live in bamboo forests in central China.
2. Giant pandas are the rarest animals in the world, and they are considered endangered species.
3. There are only about 1,500 left in the wild and about 140 live in zoos and breading centers around the world, mostly in China.
4. Giant pandas live in mountains in Sichuan, Shanxi, and Gansu provinces of central China.
5. Giant pandas live in places where there is a dense of bamboo on humid and relatively high mountain slopes (about 4,000 to 10,000 feet above sea level).
6. A giant panda is bear-like in shape. It has black fur on ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, and shoulders.
7. Giant pandas are between two and three feet tall, and between four to six feet long. Males weigh up to 250 pounds, and females can barely reach 220 pounds. A new-born baby weighs about 0.2 pounds, about 1/1000 of its mother’s weight.
8. Giant pandas live 15 to 20 years in the wild, and they can be as old as 35 years.
9. A wild giant panda eats 99% percent of bamboo and 1% of grasses and small rodents. Giant pandas spend most of their time eating (at least 12 hours each day), resting, or looking for food.
10. Adult giant pandas are solitary (generally alone), and they prefer shallow slopes and solitary living. Males and females only meet during the breading season in spring.