The giant panda is a rare, endangered and elusive bear, making the videos below of a newborn baby giant panda and the remarkable courtship scene filmed in the wild unique. Giant pandas are famous for their love of bamboo, a diet so nutritionally poor that the pandas have to consume up to 20kg each day. The extra digit on the panda's hand helps them to tear the bamboo and their gut is covered with a thick layer of mucus to protect against splinters. Habitat loss is the greatest cause of the giant panda's decline, and today their range is restricted to six separate mountain ranges in western China.
Did you know?
A giant panda is born pink, hairless, blind and 1/900th the size of its mother.
Scientific name: Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Species range provided by WWF's Wildfinder.
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Additional data source: Animal Diversity Web
Population trend: Decreasing
Year assessed: 2008
Classified by: IUCN 3.1
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