Panda facts

The giant panda is actually a bear.

About 2,000 pandas are found in the wild.

99% of a Panda’s diet consists of bamboo.

All pandas in the world are on loan from China.

Young elephants, pandas, koalas, and hippos eat the feces of their mothers.

Pandas can poop up to 40 times a day.

Panda researchers have to wear panda costumes to work with cubs.

The life span of giant pandas in the wild is approximately 20 years.

The West first learned of the giant panda in 1869, when a French missionary received a skin from a hunter.

Female pandas are fertile only up to 3 days a year.

The giant panda spends around 55% of its life collecting, preparing and eating bamboo.

One of the reasons the WWF chose the Panda as their logo was to save printing costs.

Pandas have lived on Earth for 2 to 3 million years.

When a baby Panda is born, it’s shipped by FedEx to China to help expand the gene pool.

A panda fur is worth between US$60,000 and US$100,000 on the illegal trade market.

One giant panda usually needs between 2.5 to 4 square miles (10 million m2) of land to survive.

A group of pandas is called an “embarrassment.”

Pandas eat bamboo largely because they have no umami taste receptors. Meat tastes bland to them.

In ancient times, Chinese people feared pandas and described them as metal-devouring black-and-white “tapirs.”

Pandas have one of the highest bite forces of any carnivore.



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