How much do you know about pandas?

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With their adorable faces and threatened status, pandas have become an international symbol of the conservation movement, but how much do you really know about these animals? Take the quiz and find out.

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In how many countries are giant pandas naturally found?

The giant panda is native to only south central China.

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A newborn panda is about the size of what food item?

Newborn panda cubs weigh only 3 to 4 ounces at birth, about the size of a sitck of butter. A cub is typically 1/900th of the size of its mother, making it one of the smallest newborn mammals relative to its mother's size.

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How much does a U.S. zoo pay to "rent" a pair of pandas from China?

Any panda you see in a zoo is on loan from China, and the fee for a pair is about $1 million a year, with funds going toward conservation. "Rentals" typically last for 10 years but can often be renewed.

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What percentage of a panda's diet is made up of bamboo?

Giant pandas' diets consist almost entirely of different types of bamboo. About 1 percent of their diet is made up of other plants and occasionally small rodents. Pandas are members of the bear family and have the digestive system of carnivores; however, they've adapted to a vegetarian diet.

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How are pandas born internationally eventually returned to China?

Any panda seen in a zoo outside of China is on loan from the Asian country and is eventually returned via FedEx's Panda Express, a specially branded 777-Freighter.

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Which of these is not something scientists do to protect pandas?

To minimize stress and human attachment, scientists often don panda costumes — and sometimes even sprinkle themselves with the bears' urine and feces to mask their human scent. And because it can be difficult to get pandas to mate, scientists have experimented with showing the bears videos of copulating pandas to help "get them in the mood."

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Pandas in captivity give birth to twins more often than wild pandas.

Twins are more common for pandas in zoo breeding programs because they're often artificially inseminated.

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According to Chinese tradition, panda cubs aren't to be named until when?

Traditionally, Chinese babies are named at 100 days old, and zoos have continued the custom for panda cubs.

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What is the typical elevation that pandas climb to?

During the summer, pandas may climb as high as 13,000 feet to feed on high slopes.

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red panda
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Are giant pandas and red pandas part of the same family?

The red panda has been classified as a relative of the giant panda, and also of the raccoon. Currently, red pandas are said to have their own unique family — the Ailuridae.

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Su Lin panda
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How did the first panda arrive in the United States in 1936?

Su Lin was the first panda to be kept outside of China, and he was captured at just 9-weeks-old by American fashion designer and explorer Ruth Harkness. The cub died just two years later.

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How many days a year are female pandas fertile?

Female pandas ovulate once a year during spring, and they're fertile for only two or three days.

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Chinese farmers
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A Chinese scholar is using panda feces to fertilize what?

Entrepreneur An Yanshi plans to create the world's most expensive tea by fertilizing it with panda poo, which he claims will enhance green tea's cancer-fighting properties.

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How many pandas remain in the wild?

Giant pandas are a threatened species and there are only about 1,600 left in the wild, according to the World Conservation Union.

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Which of these is not a reason the World Wildlife Fund chose to use a panda in its logo?

"We wanted an animal that is beautiful, is endangered, and one loved by many people in the world for its appealing qualities. We also wanted an animal that had an impact in black and white to save money on printing costs," said Sir Peter Scott, one WWF's founders.

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