• About 2,000 pandas are found in the wild.

• Some scientists think that people love pandas because they remind them of babies.

• 99% of a Panda's diet consists of bamboo.

• Pandas eat bamboo largely because they have no umami taste receptors.  Not having that receptor makes meat taste bland to them.

• The giant panda is actually a bear.'

• Pandas have one of the highest bite forces of any known carnivore.

• The giant panda spends almost 55% of its life collecting, preparing and eating bamboo.

• Pandas are believed to have lived on Earth for 2 to 3 million years.

• One giant panda usually needs between 2.5 to 4 square miles (10 million m2) of land to survive.

• A newborn panda weighs less than an cellphone.


Panda Facts

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-- Picture by By J. Patrick Fischer