Giant panda babies
Giant panda babies (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) Family: Ailuropodidae.
Wolong China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda within Wolong Reserve. Sichuan Province.
RANGE: Temperate bamboo forests of altitudes between 6, 500 and 10, 000 feet. Central Sichuan, South Gansu, East Qinling and in Shaanxi Provinces of China.
Less than 1000 animals remain in the wild. Even the death penalty does not deter people from hunting these animals, but they are mostly endangered due to habitat loss.
They consume about 45 pounds of a specific type of bamboo per day as well as some mosses, fungi and even small rodents. Males weigh: 85-125kg's and females weigh: 70-100 kg's. They live 10-15 years in the wild and up to 30 in captivity. Their natural predators are leopards
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Giant panda cub (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) portrait Yuan Meng, first giant panda ever born in France
Giant panda cub (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) portrait Yuan Meng, first giant panda ever born in France, age 10 months. Captive at Beauval Zoo, Saint Aignan sur Cher, France
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Giant panda Yang Yang and her cub Fu Hu cuddle in their enclosure on Fu Hus second
Giant panda Yang Yang (L) and her cub Fu Hu (meaning lucky tiger) cuddle in their enclosure on Fu Hu's second birthday at the zoo in Vienna, August 23, 2012. The cub of pandas Yang Yang and Long Hui was born in the zoo on August 23, 2010. Fu Hu's parents were transferred from China to Schoenbrunn Zoo in 2003, and are on loan to Austria by China for a period of 10 years. REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader (AUSTRIA - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)