Ten Facts About Pandas!

Here at National Geographic Kids, we love wonderful wild bears! Join us as we check out ten facts about one of nature’s cutest critters - the giant panda!



1. Giant pandas (often referred to as simply 'pandas') are black and white bears. In the wild, they are found in thick bamboo forests, high up in the mountains of central China.

2. These magnificent mammals are omnivores. But whilst they will occasionally eat small animals and fish, bamboo counts for 99 percent of their diet.      

3. These guys are BIG eaters - every day they fill their tummies for up to 12 hours, shifting up to 12 kilograms of bamboo!  

4. The giant panda's scientific name is Ailuropoda melanoleuca, which means 'black and white cat-foot'.  

5. Giant pandas grow to between 1.2m and 1.5m, and weigh between 75kg and 135kg. Scientists aren’t sure how long pandas live in the wild, but in captivity they live to be around 30 years old.  

6. Baby pandas are born pink and measure about 15cm - that's about the size of a pencil! They are also born blind and only open their eyes six to eight weeks after birth.

7. It's thought that these magnificent mammals are solitary animals, with males and females only coming together briefly to mate. Recent research, however, suggests that giant pandas occasionally meet outside of breeding season, and communicate with each other through scent marks and calls.

8. Family time! Female pandas give birth to one or two cubs every two years. Cubs stay with their mothers for 18 months before venturing off on their own!

9. Unlike most other bears, pandas do not hibernate. When winter approaches, they head lower down their mountain homes to warmer temperatures, where they continue to chomp away on bamboo! 

10. Sadly, these beautiful bears are endangered, and it's estimated that only around 1,000 remain in the wild. That's why we need to do all we can to protect them! 


Love reading about brilliant bears? Then check out our Ten Black Bear Facts!


Photos: Getty Images UK

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So cute and cuddly #SOCUTE
maddie
i love pandas
ella
I love pandas I think they are cute
marley
Great facts
max
red panda's are cool
coco
that is so cute
Deaysha
Thank you for sharing your amazing facts about PANDAS
helloimcool
Cute!!!...
helloimcool
So cute!!
Tanya
ok, this is awesome and cool I learnt a lot about pandas by the way it was for my homework thanks you guys helped loads!!!!!!!! :) XD
anna
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alex
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Tyler
I love learning about animal and panda facts where a good stretch of information
joel
so cute
lily
so cute
joel
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nina
it was awesome reading about pandas and cant wait to learn more
ninabelle
i learnt so much about pandas and wait wait to learn more about other animals too. well done
Leia
Cute!!!
JackBaxter
wow thanks
chelsea
thanks geys
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