Referred to as a “living fossil,” the Giant Panda is believed to have existed since the Pleistocene age, approximately 3 million years ago. After years of debate, scientists have determined through DNA testing that the Giant Panda is actually a member of the bear family. It was once thought they might be of the raccoon family.
Some intreating facts about the Giant Panda:
- All pandas in the world are on loan from China.
- 99% of a Panda’s diet consists of bamboo
- Pandas can poop up to 40 times a day
- The life span of giant pandas in the wild is approximately 20 years
- Out of their natural habitat more than 60% of male pandas exhibit no sexual desire at all
- Female pandas are fertile only up to 3 days a year.
- The female panda may only be fertile for a few days each year but during this period she will mate dozens of times with multiple males.
- The giant panda spends around 55% of its life collecting, preparing and eating bamboo
- Pandas have lived on Earth for 2 to 3 million years
- One giant panda usually needsbetween 2.5 to 4 square miles (10 million m2) of land to survive
- Pandas eat bamboo largely because they have no umami taste receptors. Meat tastes bland to them
- Pandas have one of the highest bite forcesof any carnivore
- Pandas walk with their front paws turned inward.
- Grown pandas have to eat as much as 80 pounds of bambooper day to meet their nutritional needs
- Pandas are considered to be endangered, with about 1,600 in the wild and another few hundred in captivity
- A newborn panda weighs less than an iPhone
- More than 60% of pandas born in captivity die within a week