Pandas are famous for their black and
white markings. The legs, shoulders,
ears and oval patches around the eyes
are black, and the rest of the coat is
white. Good tree climbers, pandas can
also swim to escape predators. Pandas
use an enlarged wrist bone that looks
like a thumb to grasp objects like
bamboo. Scientists disagree about
whether the giant panda is closely
related to bears or raccoons or is
separate from both. 

Pandas weigh an average of 200 to 300 pounds and reach six feet in length. 

Only 1,000 pandas exist in the wild and 60 in zoos. 

The panda’s lifespan in the wild is unknown but in captivity averages more than 20 years. 

The shrinking range of the panda is limited to parts of Szechuan, Shensi and Kansu provinces in central and western China. 

The panda lives in thick bamboo and coniferous forests (evergreens with seed cones) at 8,500 to 11,500 feet elevation. 

Pandas feed mostly on bamboo, a tall woody plant full of fiber. The panda’s digestive system does not absorb the fiber, so it must eat a lot. Pandas also eat flowers, vines, tufted grasses, green corn, honey and rodents. 

These solitary animals spend most of their days feeding. Although they live in cold forests, pandas do not hibernate. They move to lower elevations during winter to keep warm and to higher elevations in summer to stay cool. They do not have permanent homes but sleep at the bottom of trees and under stumps and rock ledges. 

After a gestation period of 125 to 150 days, a mother panda gives birth to one or two young, but only one survives. Eyes open at six to eight weeks, and the cub starts to move around at three months. Weaned at six months, the cub becomes independent after a year. 

Habitat loss to increasing human populations; poaching; periodic bamboo die-offs. 

*Cites Appendix I, Endangered Species Act 

*Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, an international treaty with more than 144 member countries. Appendix I listed species cannot be traded commercially. Appendix II listed species can be traded commercially only if it does not harm their survival. 

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