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|Scientific Name||Ailuropoda melanoleuca|
|Height:||60-90 cm (Adult, At Shoulder)|
|Lifespan:||20+ years (In the wild)|
|Gestation period:||95-160 days|
|Hibernation period:||Pandas do not hibernate|
|Mass:||Male: up to 160 kg (Adult), Female: up to 125 kg (Adult)|
More about Panda Bears:
Panda Bears are native to south-central China and are recognised by their unique black and white pattern. Black patches surround their eyes, ears and around their bodies.
The panda’s taxonomic classification was widely debated because of the unique traits it shares with both bears and racoons. Studies have concluded pandas to belong to the bear family, and its closest relative is the Spectacled Bear.
Wild Panda Bears are found in the Sichuan province of China, as well as neighbouring Shaanxi and Gansu. The deforestation in the area has driven pandas out of their natural lowland habitats and into a few mountain ranges.
IUCN Status: Vulnerable. Roughly 250 pandas live in captivity in China, while nearly 50 live in captivity outside of China. Less than 2000 pandas are estimated to be living in the wild.