Panda poo paper

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Pandas tend to excrete large amounts of bamboo pulp that they're unable to digest.


Why should I be aware of this?

  • A single adult male panda produces 44lb (20kg) of excrement each day. Making paper out of them is one way of helping the endangered species to pay their way.
  • Officials at Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Base in China are working on a scheme to convert the fibre-rich droppings into high-quality paper.
  • It is believed that panda poop would produce an even finer quality paper than Elephant Dung Paper.

All about panda poo paper

Giant pandas are endangered and only about 3,000 pandas are thought to live in the wilds of mainland China.

Pandas, which live mainly on a diet of bamboo, lack an efficient digestive tract and absorb less than 20 per cent of what they eat. Staff at the Chengdu base in Sichuan province, southwest China, are talking to local paper mills to find ways of processing a range of products from the panda waste, from greeting cards, bookmarks, notebooks and even fridge magnets.

This would not only be profitable, but will also clean the environment by recycling the waste.

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The Chiang Mai Zoo in northern Thailand already sells multicolored paper made from the excrement produced by its two resident pandas. Making paper there involves a daylong process of cleaning the feces, boiling it in a soda solution, bleaching it with chlorine and drying it under the sun. [1]


  • Eats shoots and leaves enough to make a profit


  1. MSNBC