Chinese Giant Panda

Giant pandas are the national treasure of China. They have lived on Earth for over three million years. They are good swimmers and tree climbers. Although they are members of the bear family, they are not similar to other bears, in that their diet is over 99% bamboo.

As pandas are an endangered species, are very cute, and have such a gentle nature, they get attention from all over the world.

On this website, we will introduce you to many interesting facts about pandas. After reading them, you will have learned everything you have ever wanted to know about pandas. Tours to visit pandas and a Panda Keeper Program are all available.

Panda Peculiarities

The panda is sleeping on the trees
The panda is sleeping on the trees.

What Do Giant Pandas Look Like?

A giant panda has a typical bear’s body but is a distinctive black and white color, with black fur around the eyes and on the ears, legs, chest, and shoulders, while the rest of the body is white. You may not notice at first, but it has a 10 cm long whitetail. Many people find the chunky, lumbering giant panda to be cute.

How Long Do Pandas Live For?

One-year-old Giant Pandas
One-year-old Giant Pandas

See Panda's Life Cycle.

What Is a Panda’s Diet?

Giant pandas are members of the bear family. Although a giant panda possesses the digestive system of a carnivore, it is almost entirely vegetarian.

A panda’s daily diet consists almost entirely of bamboo. A panda can eat for 14 hours and consume 1238 kilograms of bamboo a day. Sometimes, however, they do not just eat bamboo. Only about 1% of their diet consists of other plants and even meat, such as small rodents.

What Do Pandas Look Like While Eating?

Pandas usually sit upright while eating. They are in a pose that resembles how humans sit on the floor. This posture makes it convenient for them to grasp bamboo with a pseudo thumb on their front paws. They actually have six fingers, as well as strong teeth and powerful jaws to crush tough bamboo.

Pandas are eating bamboo
Pandas are eating bamboo

What Do Pandas Do Every Day?

We have explained that pandas eat for about 14 hours a day so what do they do with the rest of the day? The answer is that they sleep. If you have visited a panda in a zoo, you may have seen them sleeping. Pandas sleep on their stomach with their forelegs stretched out or huddled up.

Although they like to sleep and eat, they can do more. They are also excellent swimmers and good at climbing trees.

Where Do Pandas Live?

Once, giant pandas were spread across China, Myanmar, and Vietnam.

Nowadays, giant pandas are only found in about 20 isolated areas of bamboo forests within six mountain ranges in China's Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. Most of the remaining wild pandas live in the Minshan Mountains and Qinling Mountains.

Current Panda Habitat
Current Panda Habitat

Read more on Habitat of Giant Panda.

How Many Pandas Are Left in the World

Social Life of Giant Pandas

Generally, adult wild giant pandas are solitary but they communicate periodically through scent, call, and meeting with other pandas. Male pandas usually find females to mate within spring. Then, the male pandas will leave. Female pandas give birth to a cub or twins, or very occasionally triplets, after five months of pregnancy. However, a panda mother only has the ability to take care of one cub as a panda cub is very weak and only 1/900th the size of its mother and it is not easy to find food. Therefore, the panda mother will choose the strongest one to raise.

As a panda mother can only take care of one offspring, the young panda will be driven off by its mother when it reaches about two years of age, and she will then begin to make a den for the arrival of the next cub. The young panda then has to fend for itself.

How to Get Close to Pandas

We know that adorable pandas attract many visitors to China who may want to see them.

If you want to see pandas only, there are some recommended places to see pandas. The most highly recommended venue is the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center.

Go to Dujiangyan Panda Base where you can join in with a 1-Day Panda Keeper Program. In Dujiangyan Panda Base, visitors may also see some pandas who have had several years’ experience in other countries, like Tiger who once lived in Washington DC.

Also see Places to See Pandas, you will know all the places to see and hug pandas and choose a place to go based on your interests.

Note: Customers who want to take photos with a panda should be over 5 years old.

Why Book with China Travel?

We can book you an activity to join a Panda Keeper Program. You may not have the chance to book these activities on your own as there is only a quota of 20 to 30 volunteers daily and the venue does not receive visitors who travel alone.

You can also join our tour to see the pandas, which is much cheaper than joining a tour to come into close contact with the pandas.

If you want to spend more time with the pandas or want to taste the famous and delicious Chengdu hot pot, just contact us. We can help you tailor-make a tour to meet your requirements, interests, and budget.

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