Species Spotlight: Giant Panda

Giant pandas

How big are newborn giant pandas?

A newborn panda is about the size of a stick of butter—about 1/900th the size of its mother—but can grow to up to 330 pounds as an adult.

Where do pandas live?

Pandas live mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains of western China, where they subsist almost entirely on bamboo.

What is the biggest threat to pandas?

Pandas face a grave threat from habitat loss due to the construction of roads and railroads. The development fragments the forest, isolating panda populations which prevents mating, and limiting pandas’ access to the bamboo they need to survive.


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