Pandas drink water. Wild pandas can get much of the water they need by eating bamboo but usually need more fresh water than bamboo alone can provide.
Wild pandas seek fresh water from streams and rivers. Some may get water from melting snowfall in high mountains or from rainfall. Bamboo’s contents are about half water, with new bamboo shoots containing about 90 percent water. The plant contains very little nutrition, and pandas must eat a large amount to meet their energy needs. Pandas occasionally eat small rodents, such as pikas. Pandas have a carnivore’s digestive system but have adapted to a vegetarian diet.Learn More
Three major steps have been taken to protect giant pandas, including putting them on the endangered species list, protecting their natural habitat and starting cooperative international captive-breeding programs. China expanded its conservation efforts greatly in the 1990s. Since then, its panda reserves have grown from just 14 to more than 40.Full Answer >
Pandas sleep in many different places, ranging from the trees to the forest floor. Some species of pandas sleep exclusively in trees, such as the red panda, which helps keep them away from predators.Full Answer >
There are fewer than 10,000 red pandas left in the wild as of 2014. They are listed as vulnerable on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's Red List, which catalogs the populations of animals and classifies each species' susceptibility to extinction.Full Answer >
The World Wildlife Fund estimates that there were 1,600 pandas in the wild as of 2004. This figure is based on the work of researchers who spent several years in the mountains of China.Full Answer >