1. The giant panda is native to China.
  2. The scientific name for the giant panda is ‘ailuropoda melanoleuca’.
  3. Male panda bears are called boars, females are called sows, and babies are called cubs.
  4. Pandas are often seen eating in a relaxed sitting posture, with their hind legs stretched out before them.
  5. They may climb as high as 13,000 feet (3,962 meters) to feed on higher slopes in the summer season.
  6. It has a black and white coat that features large black patches around its eyes.
  7. These high bamboo forests are cool and wet—just as pandas like it.
  8. Pandas are an endangered species. Population estimates vary but there may be around 2000 left living in the wild.
  9. A giant panda cub weighs only around 150 grams (5 oz) at birth.
  10. Adult males can weigh up to 150 kg (330 lb).
  11. Giant panda have a lifespan of around 20 years in the wild.
  12. Female pandas raise cubs on their own (the male leaves after mating).
  13. The diet of a panda is made up almost entirely of bamboo.
  14. Giant pandas eat as much as 10 kg (22 lb) of bamboo a day.
  15. Giant pandas are good climbers.
  16. An animated movie from 2008 named ‘Kung Fu Panda’ features a giant panda called ‘Po’.