Written by Emma and Jacob
Today our family went to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. It’s the largest world renowned ecological conservation base dedicated to conserve the native Chinese endangered species–the giant panda as well as the red panda.
We learned a lot of interesting facts and figures about the Giant Panda. Here are a few of them.
- The Giant Panda is almost extinct. There are less than 2,000 left in the wilderness.
- Their scientific name is Ailuropada Melanoleuca
- They have been around for over 8 million years
- Pandas belong to the bear family and are naturally solitary animals.
- They have a life span of about 35 years
- They only live in China. They live in remote bamboo forests high in the mountains.
- Their staple food is bamboo and they eat up to 40kg of bamboo a day.
- Only 17% of the nutrients from bamboo are absorbed. They appear lazy but in fact they sleep a lot during the day to conserve energy.
- They have black and white fur which is coarse. They usually seem chubby.
- The baby’s are very small. Their weight is about 1/1000th of an adult panda (about 90 grams which is less than a snack size bag of chips!)
- The baby panda is a pinkish colour when born and has almost no fur.
- Pandas have very poor eyesight and hearing so the researchers think the babies make a screeching noise when born so that the mother panda can find her baby.
- The mother panda sometimes hurts her newborn baby by accident because she is so much bigger.