Reproduction: The male panda is unique in having separate scrotal sac for each
testicle. The female reaches sexual maturity at four to six and a half years of age.
The male probably takes a few years more to reach at reproductive state. Mating
starts in the months from mid-March to May. The peak of estrus lasts for about 1-
3 days. The female bears a litter of one or two young. Yellowish and pink young
are blind, almost naked and helpless. They weigh about 90-150 g. Young are bbrn
in a cave or in a hollow tree after completion of 97-163 days gestation. They are
able to move at three months of age. At about six months, young start to eat
bamboo leaves. The independent life begins at about one year of age when young
attain about 35 kg.
Behaviour: In the wild, the giant panda is solitary except mating season and preweaning period. They communicate by sight, sound and smell. It is very difficult to locate the giant pandas in their natural habitats.
Life span: They can live about 14 years in the wild. However, in captivity, the life span has been recorded more than 30 years.