According to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, giant pandas live in temperate forest areas with dense stands of bamboo. They spend most of their time in locations with altitudes of 1,000 to 4,000 meters above sea level and are only found in south-central China.
Pandas generally do not hibernate, but may descend to lower areas in the winter. They also tend to seek shelter temporarily in hollow trees, caves and rock crevices.
Giant pandas are solitary creatures except during the mating season and when rearing a cub. Mating season lasts from March to May. During breeding, female pandas may mate with several males. The birthing season occurs from August to September, and while one or two cubs may be born, the mother will only raise one.