There are probably only about 1,000 giant pandas left in the wild. They are classified as an endangered species.
In addition to 1,000 giant pandas in the wild, there about 127 in captivity. Giant pandas live in zoos in China, the United States, Mexico, Japan, Germany, and North Korea.
Giant pandas may live to be up to 30 years old in captivity.
After the age of six, female giant pandas begin to have cubs.
Female pandas give birth to one or two cubs every two years. A cub nurses for about four months and then begins to nibble on bamboo. By the age of six months, it no longer nurses.
Giant pandas are generally solitary. Males and females come together briefly to mate.
Young pandas stay with their mothers for up to 18 months.
Giant pandas weigh between 165 and 300 pounds (75 and 136 kilograms).
Giant pandas used to range throughout southern and eastern China, Myanmar, and north Vietnam. Now they are found only in a small part of China.
Habitat loss caused by logging is the largest threat to giant pandas today.
he Chinese name for panda is daxiongmao, which means "large bear-cat."
Newborn pandas weigh only 3 to 4 ounces (85 to 113 grams)—1/900th of what their mother weighs.
Giant pandas are found in the wild only in mountainous bamboo forests of southwestern China.
The scientific name for the giant panda is Ailuropoda melanoleuca.