Giant Panda

posted: 12/01/15
Scientific Name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Number Remaining: 1,864 in the wild
Average Height: up to 4 feet
Average Weight: 220-330 pounds

This adorable black-and-white creature is the rarest bear species on the planet and is only found in the mountains of western China. They consume 26 to 84 pounds of bamboo daily.

Populations are on the rise due to conservation efforts arounds the world and strict hunting laws. However, habitat loss continues to threaten wild pandas.
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How You Can Help:

  • Giant Panda Conservation Fund: Learn about the National Zoo's efforts to save the panda and donate to the cause.
  • World Wildlife Fund: Learn more about the giant panda and what's they're doing to save the species.
  • Pandas International: Learn about the various ways you can help panda conservation and how you can get your child involved, too.
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