Interesting Panda Facts for Kids

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  • Scientific name for a Panda is Ailuropoda Melanoleuca.
  • Pandas are mammals.
  • Pandas are in the bear family.
  • Unlike other bears Pandas do not hibernate.
  • Pandas are often referred to a Giant Panda.
  • The Chinese word for Panda is Da Xiong Mao meaning Giant Bear Cat.
  • Pandas are black and white with black circles around their eyes.
  • A Panda’s skin is two different colors.  The skin under their black fur is dark while the skin under the white fur is pink!
  • Panda’s are shy and often keep to themselves.  They stay away from people.
  • Pandas have great eyes sight.
  • Pandas like to climb trees.
  • Pandas live in the bamboo forests of Western China.
  • Pandas main food source is bamboo.  They will sometimes eat shoots, leaves, stalks and berries.
  • Pandas spend around 12 hours a day eating bamboo.
  • They have a strong jaw bone and teeth to help them crunch on the bamboo.
  • Pandas have five fingers on each hand and a wrist bone that acts like a thumb to help them hold and eat the bamboo.
  • A male Panda is called a boar and can weigh 175-250 pounds.
  • Female Pandas are called sows and can weigh 150-230 ponds.
  • Pandas are 2-3 feet tall and 5-6 feet long.
  • A baby is called a cub and are 3-4 ounces when born.
  • Mom Pandas often hold their cubs by cradling them in their arms like a human mom would do with their baby.
  • Babies are born hairless their hair fully grows in when they are around 3 months old.
  • Babies are born with their eyes closed.  They open in 6-8 weeks.
  • When babies are 7 months old they can climb trees.
  • Baby pandas are clumsy! They often trip, fall and roll over while exploring their surroundings.
  • Pandas live between 15-20 years in the wild and over 30 in captivity.
  • Pandas are an endangered species.
  • The main threat to Pandas is loss of habitat.  Many bamboo forests are cut down to make room for farming.
  • Scientists in China are working on conservation measures to save the Pandas.
  • Panda is the symbol of peace in China.