The Chengdu Research Base in China seems like it just might be one of the cutest places on earth – and it’s vitally important for the survival of the endangered giant pandas that we all love so much, too. This panda “daycare” is actually a specialized breeding center and nursery that seeks to breed new pandas to revitalize the dwindling wild population, which may be as small as 1,864.
Each panda cub is special – not just because of how cute they are, but also because of how hard it is to get pandas to breed. Females are able to breed for only 2-3 days a year, and they only give birth to one cub every two years.
The life span of giant pandas in the wild is approximately 20 years. Captive pandas may live to be 25-30 years old.
The eyespots of a giant panda cub are initially in the shape of a circle. As the cub grows, the circles become shaped like a teardrop.