Adored around the world, the distinctive black and white animal is a national treasure in China and has been the symbol of WWF since its formation in 1961.
While its numbers are slowly increasing, the giant panda remains one of the rarest and most endangered bears in the world.
Learn more about this amazing species!
About the Panda:
- Panda population
- Habitat: where do they live?
- Diet: what do they eat?
- How long do pandas live?
- What do they look like?
- Natural enemies and defenses
- The future
- 1,864 wild giant pandas were counted during a 2014 survey
- An adult panda can weigh about 100-150kg and grow up to 150cm long
- Pandas feed for up to 14 hours a day and can eat up to 38kg of bamboo
- When born, a panda cub is just 1/900th the size of its mother
- Pandas are good swimmers and excellent tree climbers
- Habitat loss and fragmentation are major threats
Giant Panda (En); Panda Géant (Fr); Panda gigante (Sp);
Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests of Southwest China
Endangered (IUCN 3.1)
1,864 in the wild (2014)
did you know?
That the panda cub is 1/900th the size of its mother
Upto 150cm for adults
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Emblem of global biodiversity
But the Chinese government is committed to conserving the species and its habitat, and has already drastically increased the number of panda reserves.
WWF has been active in giant panda conservation since 1980, and is continuing to support the government's efforts to give the species more room to feed and breed.