The Amazing Panda Bear!

By: Regine Reid

  • The great panda is native to China.
  • A giant panda cub weighs only 150 grams (5 oz) at birth.
  • Giant panda have a life span of 20 years in the wild
  • Female panda raise cub on there own (the male leaves after mating).
  • The diet of a panda is made up of entirely bamboo.
  • Giant pandas eat as much as 10kg (22 lb) of bamboo a day
  • Giant pandas are good climbers
  • The scientific name for the giant panda is "Ailuropoda Melanoleuca"
  • Pandas use and enlarged wrist bone that looks like a thumb to grasp objects like bamboo
  • Today an estimated 2,000 pandas are found in the wild, By the end of 2006 there were a reported 180 pandas in captivity on mainland China and about 20 in other countries
  • Fossil evidence suggest that the Pygmy Giant Panda (Ailuropoda Microta) Is the earliest known ancestor of the giant panda
  • The ancestors of the giant panda were widely distributed over much of Eastern and Southern China as far north of Bejjing.

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