Giant Panda

The giant panda, also known as the panda bear, is native to Central China. It has a distinctive black and white coat of fur that scientists are unsure why they have it. They have a diet that consists almost entirely of bamboo.

Although they are cute, they can be as dangerous as any other bear. About the size of an American black bear, giant pandas stand between 2 and 3 feet tall at the shoulder, and reach 4 to 6 feet long. Males are larger than females, weighing up to 250 pounds in the wild.

Adult pandas generally live alone, but do communicate with others in their “group’ territory. The giant pandas’ naturally slow breeding rate prevents a population from recovering quickly from illegal hunting, habitat loss and other human-related causes of death. Babies will stay with their mother from one and a half to three years. An adult panda may only have 5-8 cubs in her entire lifetime.

Here’s a fun fact – pandas can swim!