Pandas originated in China and the region around Myanmar and Vietnam. The earliest fossil evidence, dating 2 million years ago, indicates that the panda evolved as a separate lineage from bears. The size of the earliest ancestor of the current Giant Panda was 3 ft. as compared to the present Panda’s height of 5 ft.
Fact 1. The panda logo of the WWF is based on Chi-Chi, a panda who had arrived at the London zoo in 1961.
Fact 2. Â Adult giant pandas are solitary animals who communicate through scent marks, calls, and meetings. Females take care of their offspring unti lthey are three years old.
Fact 3. The panda’s distinctive coloring and its gentle persona have made it a popular global animal. Â Pandas are considered a national treasure in China.
Fact 4. Â Through active conservation efforts, the panda population has increased by 10 percent. Â The activities are being conducted with the collaborative efforts of WWF and the Chinese government.
Fact 6. Â Since the 1980s, Giant Pandas have been classified as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources (IUCN) red list of Threatened Animals.
Fact7. The estimated panda population in the wild is estimated to be 1,600.This is an increase from the 1,000 in the 1970s. The captive panda population stands at 83.
Fact 8. Â As part of its conservation efforts, a captive-bred Chinese panda called Tao Tao, was released successfully into the forest in Shimian, southwest China, on October 11, 2012.
Fact 9. The biggest group of artificially bred pandas are the 113 panda cubs born at the Chengdu Panda Base in China.
Fact 10. The relatively unknown Red Panda is distantly related to the Giant Panda. The Red panda’s are shy creatures found in the mountains of Nepal, Myanmar and Central China. The red panda is the size of a domestic cat.