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.
Since panda sightings are rare, researchers rely on waste matter containing undigested bits of bamboo. Individual pandas are identified by bite mark patterns, similar to the use of dental records in the identification of humans. The number of pandas in the wild has steadily increased since the 1970s. The World Wildlife Fund has been working with the Chinese government to secure existing panda habitats while creating new reserves.Learn More
Male panda bears are called boars. This is the same term used for males in other bear species. Females are called sows, and babies are called cubs.Full Answer >
A male panda can weigh up to 250 pounds, while a female panda can reach a weight of up to 220 pounds. Pandas can reach a length of 4 to 6 feet and a height from ground to shoulder of 2 to 3 feet when on all fours.Full Answer >
Red pandas live in the mountainous areas of the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Yunnan and Xizang at elevations from 4,900 to 13,000 feet. They are also found in the temperate forests of the foothills of the Himalayas in Bhutan, Nepal and northern Myanmar.Full Answer >
The firefox, or red panda, is a cat-sized, furry animal with a pointy nose and ears, a bushy tail, and reddish-brown coloration. Like raccoons, red pandas have mask-like facial markings and rings on their tails.Full Answer >