Their distinctive, cuddly appearance and black and white fur make the giant panda one of the most well-known species of the animal kingdom.
Pandas are born white, and develop their muchloved colour later in life.
They may appear sedentary, but they are skilled climbers and adept swimmers.
Around 99 per cent of a panda’s diet consists of some 20 different types of bamboo, but there’s so little nutrition in bamboo that they spend up to 16 hours a day eating nearly 20 kg of the plant.
The best place to see this type of bear, native to south central China, is at the Giant Panda Breeding and Research
Base in Chengdu, China.