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They spend at least 12 hours each day eating bamboo.
They need old-growth conifer forests with at least two bamboo species and water access.Giant pandas have also been known to eat grasses, bulbs, fruits, some insects, and even rodents and carrion—pretty much whatever they can find.At the San Diego Zoo, pandas are offered bamboo, carrots, yams, apples, and special biscuits designed for leaf-eating animals (called leafeater biscuits) that are made of grain and packed with all the vitamins and minerals pandas need.The Chinese call their beloved pandas large bear-cats.Giant pandas have also fascinated people living outside of China; French Missionary Pere Armand David first described them for science in 1869.The giant panda is a national treasure in China and is therefore protected by law in its bamboo forest home.
This unique bear has long been revered by the Chinese and can be found in Chinese art dating back thousands of years.
Other vocalizations include honks, huffs, barks, and growls. Pandas scent mark trees, rocks, bamboo, and bushes. Human noses can smell the stinky, waxy scent mark from about a foot away, but pandas are more sensitive to smell, so to them it's even stronger!
We’ve discovered that a scent-marked tree or rock can serve as a community bulletin board, notifying pandas in the area what other pandas have been there and how long ago they left their scent mark.
These old-growth forests provide old, hollow logs and tree stumps large enough for panda dens.
Pandas stay in a home range that’s 3 to 7 square miles (8 to 18 square kilometers).
For years scientists have wondered whether pandas are a type of bear, raccoon, or something all their own.