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Interesting Facts about Panda Bears

  • Pandas are almost becoming extinct. They are endangered because people are cutting down the bamboo that pandas eat to make farms.
  • Pandas can eat more than 10,000 kilograms of bamboo a day.
  • The mother panda can only take care of the baby panda for half a year (6 months).
  • People can’t tell if a baby panda is a girl or a boy for four years.
  • The mother panda only has one baby every two years.
  • Pandas have black on their eyes.
  • Pandas live in China on the mountainsides.
  • If all the bamboo is covered in snow the pandas will eat little mice or uncovered leaves.
  • Pandas are pink when they are born.
  • Panda mothers nurse their babies. Pandas are mammals.
  • Pandas are black and white.
  • The Giant Panda is found exclusively in China where it inhabits mountain forests that are dense with bamboo and conifers. They thrive in altitudes of 5,000 to 10,000 feet in cold, damp forest. Which makes them accustomed to torrential rains and dense mist throughout the year. Their habitat exists in only 6 small areas of inland China.
  • There are thought to be less than 1,000 individuals in the wild.
  • There are about 110 pandas in captivity, mainly¬† in China. There are seven in the United States- Zoo Atlanta, and The National Zoo each have a pair. The pair in San Diego also have a small cub. There are three females at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City. There are also pandas in Japan, Spain, Germany, France and South Korea.
  • Their numbers are deceasing due to dwindling habitat and their poor reproductive capabilities, both in the wild and in captivity.
  • The average Giant Panda consumes between 20 and 40 lbs of food per day. They can spend up to 16 hours eating.
  • These black-and-white bears eat primarily bamboo although they also have been known to eat other plants, fish, pika and other small rodents.

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