Seven Facts about Giant Pandas

  1. The Giant Pandas of China is one of the rarest animals in the world. They live in remote high mountains in Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu Provinces and eat bamboo.

Giant Pandas are a surviving species of the Fourth Ice Age and are known as “living fossil”, regarded as China’s “national treasure”.


  • The word “panda” may have developed from the Nepalese word poonya, which means “bamboo-eating animal” or “plant-eating animal”.


  • Keeping even a single panda in a zoo is expensive. A panda costs five times more to keep than the next most expensive animal, an elephant.


  • A giant panda’s face is cute, but it is not chubby. It gets its shape from massive cheek muscles. In fact, a giant panda’s jaw and cheek muscles are so powerful that a panda can easily chew an aluminum dish into tiny pieces.

They can also easily bite through a thick bamboo stalk. Humans have trouble cutting the same stalk with an ax.


  • Pandas can stand upright, but their short hind legs aren’t strong enough to support their bodies. A panda’s bones are twice as heavy as the bones of other animals the same size.

Pandas are pigeon-toed; in other words, they walk with their front paws turned inward.



  • Unlike the rest of the bear family, pandas do not use facial expressions to communicate.

When one panda wants to threaten another, it stares at its opponent with its head down. Researchers believe a panda may do that so that its black ears will look like another pair of eyes.



  • Many Chinese philosophers believe that the universe is made from two opposing forces, the Yin and Yang. The panda is one symbol of this philosophy with its contrasting black-and-white fur.

The Chinese believe that the gentle nature of the panda demonstrates how the Yin and Yang bring peace and harmony when they are balanced.

不要再嘲笑大熊貓不能拍彩色照片了!他們的黑、白兩色毛髮正象徵著中國哲人所信奉的陰陽之說。 中國人認為大熊貓的性情溫和也是陰陽平衡所帶來的和平、和諧的體現\