Belonging to the Ursidae family, the giant panda is classified amongst the carnivora. Despite this, they feed exclusively on bamboo shoots, of which they eat more than 20kg a day! They also spend about 14 hours a day eating bamboo!
The giant panda is a solitary animal. They can be active at any time of the day, and dedicate their phases of activity to searching for bamboo. They are mainly terrestrial, but are also able to swim, and are excellent climbers, often taking shelter at the top of trees during periods of rest. They tend to move relatively slowly and somewhat clumsily. They prefer to roll using their body weight when they want to move forwards faster!
Unlike many of the other Ursidae (bears), they do not hibernate. This is because they not establish a permanent den and also because they do not receive enough nutrition from their food to establish large enough fat stores for hibernation. Instead of hibernating, they move to lower altitudes, where the temperatures are higher.
The panda presents numerous extraordinary characteristics. For example: the tiny size of newborn pandas compared to the mother, their ‘sixth finger’, and their black and white colouration…