The average giant panda has to eat as much as 20 to 45 lbs (9-20 kg) of bamboo shoots a day. On occasion, they are also known to eat flowers, vines, tufted grasses, green corn, honey and rodents.
An estimated 2,000 pandas are found in the wild. By the end of 2006, there were a reported 180 pandas in captivity on mainland China and about 20 in other countries.
life span of giant pandas in the wild is approximately 20 years
More than half of newborn pandas die from diseases or from being accidentally crushed by their mothers
Young pandas stay with the mothers for as long as three years, which means that a wild panda may raise only three or four cubs in a lifetime.
The panda spends 14-16 hours a day eating bamboo.
The red panda and the giant panda share the same habitat and diet, and both animals are also endangered. However, scientific tests show that the red one is in the raccoon family while the giant one is in the bear family. Some scientists believe that the giant panda is so special that it should belong to its own family group
Many Chinese philosophers believe that the universe is made from two opposing forces, the Yin and Yang. The panda is one symbol of this philosophy with its contrasting black-and-white fur. The Chinese believe that the gentle nature of the panda demonstrates how the Yin and Yang bring peace and harmony when they are balanced
Pandas have been a symbol of peace in China. For example, hundreds of years ago, warring tribes in China would raise a flag with a picture of a panda on it to stop a battle or call a truce
According to legend, the panda was once an all-white bear. When a small girl tried to save a panda cub from being attacked by a leopard, the leopard killed the girl instead. Pandas came to her funeral wearing armbands of black ashes. As they wiped their eyes, hugged each other, and covered the ears, they smudged the black ashes