15 Panda Facts (Funny & Real)

Panda Facts – The panda is not special just because it is one of the most well known and charismatic animals on earth. It is also a very peculiar species, with many unique and remarkable characteristics.

1. How Many Are Left in the Wild?

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The latest census in 2014 found that there were 1,864 giant pandas alive in the wild. While still very low, this represents a real success story, with numbers increasing from around 1,000 in the late 1970s. In the past decade, giant panda numbers have risen by 17 percent.

2. How Do You Count Pandas?

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Finding out how many pandas exist in the wild is not an easy task. In fact, it requires a massive effort, with teams of researchers spending many hours trekking through steep, mountainous bamboo forests looking for telltale signs. In particular, for dung!

3. Short History About Panda

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Historically found throughout southern and eastern China and even in neighbouring Vietnam and Myanmar, the animal is limited to 20 isolated patches of bamboo forest in six mountain ranges in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces in China.

4. Panda Invasion

 

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China has used the animal to show its displeasure with countries. For instance, then US president Barack Obama’s plans to meet with the Dalai Lama and a US arms sale to Taiwan were said to be reasons behind the recall of Tai Shan, a male giant panda, from the US in February 2010.

5. Frenzy over a Cub

 

The Japanese media have been on overdrive ever since Ueno Zoo in Tokyo in February announced Shin Shin was mating with Ri Ri. Shin Shin finally gave birth to a female cub in June, sending shares of restaurant chains near the zoo soaring. The cub was the first giant panda to have been born since 2012.

6. Bamboo Lovers

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As the bamboo has a low nutritional value, the Giant Panda has to spend a lot of time eating, and that is why their sleeping time cannot be too long. They sleep for 2-3 hours at a time, and then spend 3-4 hours eating. This sleeping mode can sustain a stable energy intake, and explains why they sleep right after they are full and eat right after they are awake, just like they do in a zoo.

7. General Knowledge about Giant Pandas

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According to fossil records, pandas are found existing as early as 8~9 million years ago. Those are immediate forebears of the giant pandas – Yunnan Lufeng Ailuaractos lufengensis, and their size was only one quarter as big as the giant pandas. Three million years ago, the Ailuaractos lufengensis evolved into smaller giant pandas (Ailuropoda microta) with a size of half of the modern giant pandas.

8. Distribution

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​Currently, Pandas are only found in mountain systems like Min Shan, Qinling Qi, Liang Shan, Daxiang Ling, Xiaoxiang Ling and QiongLai Shan. These mountain systems are located in three Chinese provinces – Sichuan, Shanxi and Gansu respectively.

9. Habitat

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In the wild, giant pandas are only found in the remote, mountainous regions of central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, according to the National Zoo. In this area, there are cool, wet bamboo forests that are perfect for the giant panda’s needs. Giant pandas make their dens from hollowed-out logs or stumps of conifer trees found within the forest.

10. Pandas Have So Many Fans

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“The looks of a teddy bear” are what makes pandas so popular. Pandas appeal to our “cuteness receptors” because they have large, front-facing eyes, and are extremely furry, so we therefore think of them as cuddly and cute.

This was the subject of a recent BBC1 study by scientist Gordon Buchanan, and this is why almost all of us like pandas.

11. Panda Is Lazy Animal

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As about all a panda does all day is eat and sleep, you are best to get up early for a visit to a panda park, so you see them when they are active.

One reason for pandas being rare is that breeding is not high on their list of priorities. And with only a one-day window a year for a female to conceive naturally, it is hardly surprising that pandas are an endangered species.

12. Really Vegetarian

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Giant pandas are classified as carnivoran but in reality, they are vegetarians. Originally they were omnivores around 7 million years ago but they lost their taste for meat and turned to herbivorous diet some 2 to 2.4 million years ago.

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