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How long do giant pandas live?

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In the wild, giant pandas have an average life expectancy of 14 to 20 years. Pandas in captivity live substantially longer, with Chinese scientists reporting zoo pandas as old as 35.

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How long do giant pandas live?
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Giant pandas spend their entire lives in leafy and coniferous forests of high elevations in central and southern China that are rich in bamboo. There are believed to be just 1,600 remaining, with another 300 or so at zoos around the world. Preservation efforts are currently in place to protect the habitat of the giant panda, which is on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of endangered species, as of 2014.

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    Why are pandas important?

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    To save the panda from extinction, the rich biodiversity such as plants, landscapes and other animals that surround the pandas must also be preserved, as it is necessary for their survival. The removal of any species has dramatic consequences for those that remain. Pandas also economically benefit their local communities.

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    What climate do pandas live in?

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