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Save the Giant Panda! by Tyler czuczman

What is the Giant Panda's Appearance?

What’s black and white and loves to do somersaults? The Giant Panda! First, the adult male panda while very round is also flexible. This adult mammal is between 4.9 and 6ft tall and weighs between 242-551 pounds. An adult female weighs only about 200lbs. At birth, a baby panda weighs 3 ounces. That’s 1/900th the size of it’s mother. It is about the size of a stick of butter. Next, they have creamy - white fur with black patches. The patches are on their limbs, shoulders, ears, and nose. Last, pandas have some special features. One feature they have is an extension of their wrist bone which acts as a thumb to help grip on to bamboo stems. Another feature is their large jaws and strong muscles which allows them to crush bamboo stems to get their nutrients. The last special feature panda’s have is their long muzzle with a large nose which gives them an excellent sense of smell. As you can see, Pandas have a super awesome appearance.

What is the Giant Panda's Habitat?

A Bamboo Forest

Pandas also have a special habitat in Asia. First they live in the mountains of central and western China. Pandas can be found in bamboo forests at an elevation of between 5,000-13,000 ft. Second, their climate is cool, clod rainy. It gets about 40 inches of rain a year. In very cold weather pandas shelter in caves or hollow trees. Finally, unlike other bears pandas do not hibernate. They only sleep for 2-4 hours at a time. They sleep on the forest floor, against a tree, and even on tree branches. Now that you know where you can find these creatures maybe one day you will be lucky enough to actually see one in person.

What Does a Giant Panda Eat?

Eating Bamboo

Have you ever wondered what a giant panda eats? First, a giant panda is an omnivore which means they eat both plants and meat. Pandas eat bamboo, fruit, insects, and rodents. Actually 99% of their diet is bamboo. A panda should have at least two bamboo species where it lives or it will starve. Next, pandas spend twelve hours a day eating. Finally, a panda has a lot of predators. They are jackals, snow leopards, and yellow martens. Luckily, these predators do not often get to the pandas. As you can see, the giant panda’s diet is pretty cool.

Why is the Giant Panda Endangered?

Why is the giant panda endangered? The giant panda is endangered for many reasons and there are only about 1,864 left on earth. The first reason it is endangered is deforestation. This is the biggest threat because they rely on bamboo to survive. Another reason pandas are endangered is infrastructure development. Building things such as dams, roads, and railways break up and isolate panda populations. This prevents pandas from finding new bamboo forests and potential mates. The last reason pandas are endangered is poaching. Poaching impacted pandas in the past, but its impact declined since the Wildlife Protection Act of 1988. The panda population is still trying to repopulate. It is obvious that giant pandas are still endangered and need help.

How Can We Help the Giant Panda?

There are many ways we can help giant pandas. The first thing we can do is environmental activism such as increasing the area of panda habitat under legal protection. Habitat growth helps link isolated pandas. The Second thing we can do is donate to charity. WWF works with the Chinese government’s National Conservation Program for the giant panda and its habitat. These panda reserves cover more than 3.8 million acres of land. Lastly, you can travel smart. You can choose green hotels,tours, and supplies. You can also watch what you buy as a souvenir so that you don’t buy any products that are made from endangered animals.

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Created with images by christels - "giant panda young animal" • 995645 - "panda giant panda zoo" • Peggy_Marco - "bamboo forest tropical forest" • veverkolog - "panda sitting bamboo" • Unknown - "Baby Panda Bear climbing on some logs image - Free stock ..."