Giant Panda – Fun Facts and Figures

Written by Emma and Jacob

Panda Research CentreToday 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.

It's feeding time.

It’s feeding time.

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.
This panda is only a few years old.

This panda is only a few years old.

  • 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.
Pandas seem lazy but they're really trying to conserve their energy.

Pandas seem lazy but they’re really trying to conserve their 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!)
These baby pandas are only 1 month old.

These baby pandas are only 1 month old.

  • 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.
This was one of the heaviest babies born in August.

This was one of the heaviest babies born in August.

The babies were super adorable.

The babies were super adorable.

  • The mother panda sometimes hurts her newborn baby by accident because she is so much bigger.

6 responses to “Giant Panda – Fun Facts and Figures

  1. Hey Everson family,
    Hope your having fun! Whitecaps brought their B game today, I bet the pandas could have

  2. Hi Guys!!

    Great job with your Panda assignment! They are SOOO cute! Did you have a chance to pet the babies?

    Where are you off to next? Looking forward to hearing about your next assignment!

    Love to all of you!

    Auntie Drea
    xoxox

  3. Great write-up. I now know a lot more about pandas, black, white and pink! Have fun. / Garth(your distant relative in more ways than one)

  4. Hi Jacob,
    The giant pandas sound so cool, we all miss you at TSS. My coach this year is Mike on Sundays and Rob on Tuesdays. Can’t wait for you to come back! Our Jerseys this year are black.

    Nick

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