Panda Bears in Trouble!
Deforestation is to blame!
What is the Problem?
What is Causing the Problem?
What are the Effects?
A Panda Bear walks in a forest affected by deforestation.
Two Giant Pandas clutching onto trees that were cut down in their habitat.
Giant Pandas enjoy eating bamboo.
Why is it Important to Solve the Problem?
So, why is it important to solve the problem of deforestation? Well, there are several reasons! One major reason to stop deforestation is so the Giant Pandas’ population doesn’t continue to decrease even more. To clarify, we need to make sure we save this endangered species so they don’t become extinct! Did you know that Giant Pandas actually help bamboo forests? It’s true! Giant Pandas spread seeds and help trees grow while they roam. By stopping deforestation in China, we can protect these unique bamboo forests and other species that live there. Even more, local communities use these special forests for food, income, fuel for cooking and heating, and medicine. Quitting deforestation would not only help the panda population, but it would also help humans that live there, too!
What Can You Do to Help Solve the Problem?
There are several things people can do to help solve the problem of deforestation. First, there have already been more than 50 wildlife reserves set up in parts of China to protect the Giant Pandas and the bamboo forest they live in. In addition, there is also a plan in place to build paths to connect all the separate forests where pandas live. That way, they can live together again and find mates much easier. However, you may be wondering what you can do to help? Of course, you can help by spreading the word about the growing problem of deforestation and the negative effects it has on Giant Pandas. Raising awareness is the first step! If you’d like, you could also adopt a panda through the World Wildlife Fund. That is to say, you could represent a real panda in the wild! Finally, you could always donate money to the World Wildlife Fund to help with research and the protection of Giant Pandas. A little bit of help goes a long way!
Did You Know?
- Only 61% of China's panda population are protected by the panda reserves.
- Only 1,826 pandas are left in the wild.
China- a country where Giant Pandas live
deforestation- the permanent destruction of forests to make room for other uses
endangered- seriously at risk of becoming extinct
extinct- no longer in existence
logging- the process of cutting trees down to prepare the wood to build things or to create paper
reproduce- to produce offspring (babies)
reserves- a place set aside for special use