|Giant Pandas are beautiful, peaceful animals with their black and white coats.
Belonging to the bear family, they are not man-eaters and do not even eat meat.
They subsist on one specie of bamboo plant., which they must consume up to 84
pounds per day and they are very good tree climbers. Interestingly, pandas have
large wrist bones which act as opposable thumbs to help them grasp bamboo while
feeding. Newborn pandas are about 3 inches long when they are born, but will grow
rapidly to 300 lbs.
Height: Panada adults grow up to 4 feet long.
Weight: Pandas weigh up to 330 pounds
Pandas live in Temperate Broadleaf and Mixed Forests of Southwest China
The Giant panda is a symbol of endangered species and its adorable appearance and
gentle manner has made it a super star. There are just over 100 pandas left in the
world and more nearly ¾ of them are protected in parks, zoos or preserves.
The pandas living in the wild and those in preserves are subject to a sudden loss of
their only food source. They eat only one species of bamboo called catastrophicd
eclinesi. This bamboo supplies 99% of their nutrition each day. Without it, they will
There has been a continued decline in natural habits for the giant panda and this has
brought them to the brink of extinction. Two hundred years ago pandas had a range
many times greater than the size they do today. It keeps shrinking because logging
activities have been removing their forest habitat.
To make matters worse, the birth of panda cubs are a rare occurrence in the wild
and in captivity and infant mortality is very high. Pandas are poorly equipped for
survival in their natural habitats. This is why there has been a world-wide attempt
to bring a few into captivity and use artificial means to help them create offspring.
With help from man, pandas will slowly continue to multiple, but it will take a long
time before they will be taken off the endangered species list.
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