Pandas in Chengdu!


  1. Baby pandas are tiny!

panda cub chengdu

A newborn panda is 1/900th the size of its mother. At a miniscule 120g, this is one of the smallest newborn animals in relation to its adult size!  They’re pink-skinned with thin white hair, and underdeveloped organs. As newborns are not even able to maintain their own body temperature, the mum spends every waking moment caring for her offspring over the first month. She doesn’t even forage for her own food during this time. Cubs remain dependent on their mums for the following few months.

Panda mating season runs between March and May, and pregnancy lasts between 95-160 days. This means that your best bet to see these cuties at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding is towards the end of the summer season (August-September). I didn’t visit at the right time unfortunately, but they can be seen here . Sneak peek:

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