How long do pandas live? How long does a panda live in captivity and how long does a panda live in the wild?
Panda universe is a group of people passionate who like to share their knowledge about pandas 🐼🐼🐼. Today we decided to give you an idea of the lifespan of the panda.
Life expectancy of a giant panda, mammal, can vary greatly depending on various factors, such as food availability, habitat conditions, diseases ... In nature, pandas can live between 15 and 20 years on average, but in captivity, it is not uncommon to see them exceed the bar from the age of 30.
In this article, you will learn a lot of things and in particular:
- The lifespan between a captive panda and a wild panda is very variable.
- Who is the oldest panda in the world?
HOW LONG DO PANDAS LIVE IN THE NATURE?
Average life expectancy wild giant pandas, an endangered species, is 15 to 20 years old.
The panda feeds bamboo continuously, up to 8 hours a day. But unfortunately, its natural habitat, bamboo forests are being destroyed day after day by man. The panda's living space shrinks and food can sometimes become more difficult to obtain. Urbanization, Deforestation, illegal pet trade, illegal wildlife trade, poaching are the causes that reduce life expectancy of a wild panda.
➡️ We advise you to read our file on "why are pandas in danger", to understand the impact of human activity on the panda's habitat.
HOW LONG DO PANDAS LIVE IN CAPTIVITY?
While free pandas can live on average up to 20 years. Pandas in captivity can expect to live longer with medical and nutritional support. Indeed, they can live more than 30 years!
It should be remembered that the ultimate goal captive breeding programs is the reintroduction of captive pandas into the natural environment. Thus, captive pandas are part the survival plan of the species.
WHY DO PANDAS LIVE LONGER IN CAPTIVITY?
Pandas in captivity are subject to veterinary checks to detect and prevent disease. So they are in healthy ! They live longer thanks to the abundance of food available 🎋 in animal parks.
If pandas in captivity live longer, it is primarily because sources of danger and predators are eliminated.
HOW AGE IS THE OLDEST PANDA?
- The oldest panda ever
Captive longevity record still held by female Jia Jia who died at an estimated age of 38 😯.
- Basi died at the age of 37
The famous female Basi, and oldest of the captive pandas since Jia Jia's death on October 16, 2016. Basi died on Wednesday September 13, 2017 at Fuzhou Panda World Park. This animal was a real star in China, where each of its birthdays was celebrated in front of the cameras. Basi died at the age of 37, or the equivalent of more than a century for humans.
But don't worry, Basi has had a busy life. Indeed, black and white bear was fortunate enough to go overseas once, on a six-month loan to the San Diego Zoo in 1987. But you can still see pandas in the United States at Smithsonian National Panda Zoo in Washington!
- The oldest living panda.
👉 Today the oldest living panda is Xinxing, this female born in 1982 celebrated his 37th birthday on January 21, 2020. This grandmother is in great shape, she weighs today 97 kg and eat 30 kg bamboo shoots per day 😋.
Xinxing is the happy matriarch from a family of 137 pandas. His descendants are spread over more than 20 countries and regions of the world!
👉 the giant panda has a life expectancy of:
In captivity: 15 to 30 years
In nature: 15 - 20 years
👉 If you wonder about the red panda :
In captivity: 10 - 14 years
In nature: 7 - 8 years