In the wild, 99 percent of a panda's diet consists of leaves, stems and shoots of the bamboo plant, while the remainder is made up of flowers, vines, grasses, green corn, honey and small rodents. Pandas in captivity are fed bamboo, sugar cane, rice gruel, carrots, apples and sweet potatoes.
Despite being classified as carnivorous, pandas have adapted to a vegetarian diet due to the large amounts of bamboo they consume daily. Bamboo has little nutritional value, and pandas have to consume as much as 20 to 45 pounds daily to meet their nutritional needs. Pandas live in areas where bamboo is abundant, and this makes them vulnerable to any loss of bamboo habitat.Learn More
Pandas get their food by browsing in bamboo forests, because 90 to 99 percent of their diet consists of bamboo. To get the nutrition they need from various types of bamboo, pandas travel from higher altitudes in summer to valleys in autumn and winter.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 >
According to the World Wildlife Fund, there were an estimated 1,600 pandas living in the wild during 2004. That is an increase of 600 from the 1988 estimate.Full Answer >
According to Smithsonian National Zoological Park, there are roughly 1,600 giant pandas and fewer than 10,000 red pandas remaining in the wild. There are an additional 300 giant pandas at breeding centers and zoos around the world.Full Answer >