Habitat and Diet
Giant pandas are endangered. They can be found in central China, in the mountain regions. The type of environment they live is in broadleaf and coniferous forests. They like the forests because they are cool and wet. They live in forests where bamboo is present. The Giant Panda has the digestive system of a carnivore but eats like an herbivore. Panda's eat for 12 hours a day which means they are consuming around 28 pounds of bamboo a day. Wild Panda's eat 99% bamboo, and the other 1% is other grasses and sometimes birds and rodents, but pandas in captivity eat some other things too such as carrots, apples, and sweet potatoes.
Size and Weight:
Around 4 to 5 feet, and 300 pounds.
When the panda bears are mating they use scent markings on their bodies to attract and find other mating partners. Panda bears will start mating at about 6 years old.
- Unlike other bears, the panda does not hibernate but in cold weather it will go into caves or hollow trees for shelter.
- Panda bears can give birth to 1 or 2 cubs, but if they have twins only one of them can survive.
- They are born white and develop the rest of their color later on.