Giant pandas are large black and white bears with thick, fluffy fur. Their middles, faces, and necks are white, while the rest of them is black. They are mammals, meaning they give birth to live young and they can heat and cool their own bodies. Giant pandas spend most of their time eating and sleeping.
Giant pandas resemble racoons, but they are actually related to bears. Although they have a similar name, giant pandas are not related to the Red Panda, which is a small, raccoon-like animal. Giant Pandas can live around 20 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity. They are about 3 feet (0.91 meters) tall at the shoulder when standing on all fours, and are 4 – 6 feet (1.2 – 1.8 meters) long. They can weigh up to 330 pounds (149 kilograms).