10 facts about… Panda Bears

1. Even though Pandas are actually omnivores, in the same family as the Polar Bear and the Grizzly Bear, they hardly eat any meat, in fact about 99% of their diet is vegetarian. They can eat up to 30kg of bamboo per day and spend most of the day eating. Bamboo is low in essential nutrients and pandas only digest about 20% of what they consume, which is why they eat so much.

2. Pandas may appear to be very friendly and cute but, like Grizzly bears, they are actually one of the more aggressive bear species when provoked. They are very territorial animals. Most aggressive encounters occur during the mating season.

3. Unlike other bears Pandas are mainly nocturnal creatures; because of this their eyes have pupils which are vertical slits that are similar to a cat’s eyes to help them see much better in the dark. All other bears have round eyes.

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Vital Statistics: Bears

Sun Bear

Age Range: Sun Bears are thought to live up to 25 years in captivity and between 15 and 20 years in the wild.

Height: Between about 60 – 70 cm tall, measured to shoulder height.

Length: 120 – 150 cm nose to tail.

Weight: Adult males weigh 30 – 65 kilograms. Adult females weigh 20 – 40 kg.

Family: Ursidae.

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