• Newborn pandas average about 3.7 ounces, while adults are 175 to 275 pounds.

  • Giant pandas live to be 18 to 20 years old in the wild but have lived to more than 30 in captivity.

  • Bamboo makes up 99 percent of a wild giant panda's diet.

  • Adult pandas in the wild ingest about 28 pounds of fresh bamboo per day--more than 10,000 pounds a year.

  • Giant pandas are usually active in the morning and evening and spend most of their time foraging.

  • Giant pandas are solitary animals. In the wild, males and females occupy overlapping home ranges.

  • The giant panda's primary communication mode is scent. Each panda has its own scent and can identify the individual scents of others. Pandas rub against trees to leave their scent markings.

  • Adult pandas produce 11 distinct sounds, such as chirps to promote social contact, honks to indicate mild distress and barks to indicate aggression.

  • Cubs are born blind and with sparse fur. They start to walk at four months old, feed on bamboo at 13 to 14 months and usually remain with their mothers until 18 months, but as long as 2.5 years.

Source: Zoo Atlanta