How long do giant pandas live?
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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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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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