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Year 4

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Giant Pandas 

 

 

Introduction:The Giant Panda is an endangered

species and is highly threatened.

In south western China lies a landscape of towering mountain peaks, steep valleys and thick bamboo forests shrouded by mist and cloud. This is the home of the world's last giant pandas.

 

 

 

Description:

The Giant Panda is a species of bear. It is black and white. It's head and top of it's backside are white. It's ears, circles around it's eyes, legs, paws, and the stripe across it's back are all black. When you compare the Giant Panda to the rest of the bears of the world it has a fairly large head compared to the rest of its body. Male Giant Pandas are larger than the females. They weight ten to twenty pounds more and are a little longer than females. In the wild a male Giant Panda's weight is 190 to 275 pounds and a female's weight in the wild is only 155 to 220 pounds. When a baby panda is born it weighs 3 to 5 ounces. If you were to compare them to an an elephant it would take 40 grown pandas to equal the size of an elephant.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Distribution:A 2004 census  found only about 1,600 wild giant pandas.

 

 

 

 

 

The map labeled Prehistoric Panda Distribution shows the approximate original distribution of giant pandas.

The map labeled Historic Panda Distribution shows the approximate distribution of giant pandas during most of the last 2,000 years.

The map that is labeled Current Panda Distribution is the approximate distribution of pandas there is now.

 

 

Habitat:

Giant Pandas live in dense bamboo forests in the mountains at elevations of 4,000 to 11,500 feet. Male Giant Pandas have a territory of 3.3 square miles. Females on the other hand have almost less than half of that territory size, only 1.8 square miles. The only place where they live in the wild is in Southwest China. The area Giant Pandas occupy in China is about 5,400 square miles.

 

 

Diet:At one stage in their evolutionary hisAt tory, giant pandas abandoned omnivory in favor of strict herbivory - eating green vegetation. Indeed, going a step farther than most herbivores, giant pandas even limited themselves to a single sort of grass bamboo. 

 

 

 

Conservation:We can help protect & save the Giant Panda by planting more bamboo in their natural habitat.

 

 

 

 

Reproduction:Adult male and female giant pandas would normally conceive one baby a year. The giant panda grows very slowly during it's childhood to adulthood. 

 

 

 

 

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