- Name: The Chinese call it the ‘big bear-cat’ (大熊猫 da xiongmao /dah-sshyong-maow/).
- Size: 75 centimeters (2.5 foot) tall and 1.5 meters (5 foot) long
- Weight: Up to 150 kg (330 lb)
- Habitat: Central- Western and Southwest China.Mainly Sichuan. A few in Shaanxi and Gansu. See the map »
- Diet: 99% bamboo. 13 kg (30 lb) or more a day.
- Life Span: Up to 30 years in captivity, but usually only 15 to 20 years in the wild
- Protection Status: Endangered. Estimates of giant panda numbers in the wild vary between 1,500 and 3,000.
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China and WWF Emblem
Increasingly used as the emblem of China, the cuddly and lovable giant panda lives nowhere else in the world outside captivity.
The panda is the logo for the WWF and is known as "national treasure" (国宝) in China.
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Seeing Giant Pandas
The best place in the world to see giant pandas (seeing them in the wild is difficult and costly, but can also be arranged – contact us for a free quotation) is at the Panda Breeding Center in Chengdu.
Also read top places to see giant pandas in China.
There are actually two species of giant panda: the typical giant panda, with its black and white coat, and the Qinling panda, with a dark brown and light brown coat, which only lives in the mountains of Shaanxi.
There is also another species of panda called the red panda, which is much smaller than the giant panda, and has reddish-brown fur.
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