Giant Panda

Giant Panda

Scientific Name – Ailuropoda melanoleuca

Classification –  Ursidae

Gender Names – male – boar, he-bear; female – sow, she-bear; baby – cub

Collective Noun – Sleuth

Average Height – Fully grown they reach the height of 1.2 – 1.8 metres (4 – 6 feet)

Average Weight – An adult weighs about 125 kg (280 pounds)

Top Speed – 32 km/h (20mph)

Life Expectancy – 15 – 20 years in the wild, up to 35 years in captivity

Mating Season – Between March and May

Pregnancy – from 95 to 160 days.

Special Features – Able to climb, diet mainly bamboo shoots

Family Unit – Giant pandas are solitary and most live alone only meeting other pandas at breeding times. Sometimes small groups will share a large feeding area.

Giant Panda distribution on World MapGeographical Distribution – Native to the mountainous regions of central and southern China

World Population – 1000 – 1500

Conservation Status – Endangered

Natural Habitat – cool, wet, cloudy mountain forest lands where bamboo grows.

Diet – herbivorous, almost exclusively bamboo.

Predators – adults have few predators besides man but cubs are a very small and may be vulnerable to leopards.

 

Harvard Reference for this page:

Heather Y Wheeler. (2015). Giant Panda. Available: http://www.naturalhistoryonthenet.com/Mammals/giant_panda.htm. Last accessed Monday, July 18, 2016

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