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15 Interesting Panda Facts

 

Pandas are some of the world’s most beloved animals and probably the most recognizable. Native to Eastern Asia, these beautiful creatures are nearly extinct due to poaching, low procreation rates and loss of habitat. While most people know that despite their looks, pandas are not typical bears and prefer a vegetarian diet, there are many things that most of us don’t know:

1. There are currently 240 pandas in captivity around the world and they are all part of a breeding program

15 Panda Facts
 

2. Any panda you see in a zoo is on loan from China

15 Panda Facts
 

3. Scientists estimate that pandas have been on this Earth for around 2-3 million years

15 Panda Facts
 

4. There are only 2,000 pandas left in the wild

15 Panda Facts
 

5. A panda female is fertile only 3 days in a year

15 Panda Facts
 

6. Researchers have catalogued 11 different panda calls, 4 of which are used to find a mate

15 Panda Facts
 

7. Until 1896, no one in the west had even heard of pandas

15 Panda Facts
 

8. A panda’s fur can be worth upwards of $100,000 on the black market

15 Panda Facts
 

9. Whenever a panda is born internationally, it is sent to China via FedEx

15 Panda Facts
 

10. To reduce stress when studying them, researchers dress up as pandas

15 Panda Facts
 

11. Even though it’s not necessary for their health, bamboo consists of 99% of all pandas’ diet

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12. A panda can defecate up to 40 times a day

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13. Young pandas have been known to eat their mother’s feces

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14. One panda requires about 4 square miles of space in order to survive comfortably 

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15. The World Wildlife Foundation (WWF) chose the panda as its symbol not because of their cuteness but rather because it reduced the cost of print

15 Panda Facts

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