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The giant panda is perhaps the most powerful symbol in the world when it comes to species conservation.
Adored around the world, the distinctive black and white animal is a national treasure in China and has been the symbol of WWF since its formation in 1961.
While its numbers are slowly increasing, the giant panda remains one of the rarest and most endangered bears in the world.
Learn more about this amazing species!
Clic to discover the results of the last panda survey in China
1,864 wild giant pandas were counted during a 2014 survey
An adult panda can weigh about 100-150kg and grow up to 150cm long
Pandas feed for up to 14 hours a day and can eat up to 38kg of bamboo
When born, a panda cub is just 1/900th the size of its mother
Pandas are good swimmers and excellent tree climbers
Habitat loss and fragmentation are major threats
Giant Panda (En); Panda Gant (Fr); Panda gigante (Sp);
Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests of Southwest China
That the panda cub is 1/900th the size of its mother
Symbol of WWF is now one step further from extinction
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Solutions: how we can save the panda
Giant panda eating bamboo in Sichuan province
After decades of effort, wild panda numbers are rising, but there are still only 1,864 spread across 20 pockets of bamboo forest. And the remaining pandas still face a number of threats, particularly habitat loss and fragmentation.
But the Chinese government is committed to conserving the species and its habitat, and has already drastically increased the number of panda reserves.
WWF has been active in giant panda conservation since 1980, and is continuing to support the governments efforts to give the species more room to feed and breed.Subscribe to WWF
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