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The giant panda, also known as the panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south-central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The name “giant panda” is sometimes used to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda.
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Key Facts & Information
- The West first learned of the giant panda on 11 March 1869. It happened when the French missionary Armand David received a skin from a hunter.
- Hugo Weigold, a German zoologist, was the first Westerner known to have seen a living giant panda and buy a cub in 1916.
- The Roosevelt brothers, Theodore Jr. and Kermit, became the first Westerners to shoot a panda on an expedition sponsored by the Field Museum of Natural History in the 1920s.
- In December 1936, a cub named Su Lin went to live at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago. It was sold by the explorer Ruth Harkness, the first Westerner to bring back a live giant panda.
- Adult giant pandas are about 75 cm (2½ ft) tall and 1.5 meters (5 ft) long. They weigh up to 150 kg (330 lb) in captivity. Females, on the other hand, are smaller – weighing up to 125 kg (275 lb) in captivity.
- Body length: 120–180 cm (47–71″)
- Shoulder height: 54–81 cm (21–32″)
- Hip height: 52–77 cm (20–30″)
- Chest girth: 70–106 cm (28–42″)
- Hind leg length: 12–20 cm (5–8″)
- Tail length: 10–20 cm (4–8″)
- Wild giant panda weight: 60–110 kg (132–243 lb)
- Captive giant panda weight: 80–150 kg (176––330 lb)
- Life expectancy in the wild: 20 years
- Life expectancy in captivity: 30 years and above (oldest recorded was 36 years)
- The giant panda, a black-and-white bear, has a body typical of bears. Their white coat with black markings is unique, with black patches around the eyes and ears, black legs and shoulders.
- And they have a cute white tail.
- Baby pandas are born blind and dependant. Although they have a very fine coat of hair at birth, newborn cubs appear pink in color. Moreover, the average weight of a newborn cub is 100 g (0.2 pounds). Their eyes open between six to eight weeks old.
- Their paws have five “fingers” facing forward and a special bone called a “pseudo-thumb” used for grasping food, gripping bamboo, climbing trees, etc.
- In the wild, giant pandas are found in the distant, mountainous regions of central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. In these areas, there are cool, wet bamboo forests that are perfect for the giant panda’s needs. Giant pandas make their dens from hollowed-out logs or stumps of conifer trees found within the forest.
- Pandas spend half their day eating and sleeping. Their favorite sleeping poses include lying flat on their backs, lying on their sides, lying on their stomachs, stretching their paws and rolling themselves up into balls.
- With an uncommunicative and strange temperament, giant pandas prefer the freedom of being alone, and sleep in the daytime and look for food in the night. Apart from one month of the year spent with their partners during mating season, most of their time is spent alone.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about panda across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Panda worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the giant panda, also known as the panda bear or simply panda, which is a bear native to south-central China. It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The name “giant panda” is sometimes used to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Panda Facts
- All About Pandas
- Panda Paws
- Keep Us Posted
- Panda Nanny
- Decoding Names
- Po’s Paws
- Saving Pandas
- Panda Conservation Program
- Panda Bookmarks
- Panda Bear
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