Giant Panda

pandaPhoto Credit: Stolz, Gary M.

Giant Panda
Ailuropoda melanoleuca

Conservation Status: Endangered

Size: Males are larger than females; height is 4 to 6 feet tall, weight is 176-300 lbs.

Range: China

Habitat: Prefers mountainours areas where bamboo grows plentiful.

Diet: Herbivorous; primary source of food is bamboo but also eat other things such as: small mammals, fish, insects and some plants and fruits.

Breeding: March to May

Nesting: 1 to 2 cubs born, weighing at birth 3 to 4 ounces.

Notes: In Japan, the hide of the panda is extremely valuable, the price of the black and white hide can fetch up to $176,000.

Description & Behavior
The Giant Panda has a large round, stock body; coloring is a white body with black rings around the eyes, black shoulders, legs, ears and a black nose.