How much bamboo do pandas eat a day?

Although 99% of their diet is bamboo, pandas still maintain the carnivore digestive system for meat. Only 20%-30 % of bamboo nutrients can be absorbed by pandas, which is very low compared with 70%-80% by other bears or plant-eating animals.

A panda consumes between 23-40 kilo (50-90 pounds) bamboo a day. Most of the bamboo will be pooped out half-digested.

How much time do pandas spend eating?

Since the energy given by bamboo is so low that pandas have to keep eating all day to get enough energy. Pandas spend 10-16 hours a day collecting, preparing and eating bamboo. So basically whenever you see a panda, it may be caught eating bamboo. What a foodie!