Panda Bears in Trouble!

Deforestation is to blame!

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Introduction

Did you know that Giant Pandas are in trouble? That’s right! Deforestation is responsible for their declining numbers. Without a home, panda bears are getting close to extinction. But did you realize that humans are the ones to blame? It’s true! So, it’s up to us to help them out!
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What is the Problem?

You may be wondering, “What is deforestation?” Deforestation is the permanent destruction of forests in order to make the land available for other uses. In other words, large areas of trees are being cut down to make room for buildings or even to create paper, furniture, or homes. Meanwhile, this is creating several problems for our environment and the humans and animals who live on Earth. First, when trees are cut down, animals lose their homes. In addition, several species of animals get food from trees. When the trees are destroyed, animals cannot eat, and they starve. Trees are also important to animals because they are used to escape and hide from predators. If trees are cut down, animals are left without a safe place to hide. Finally, trees help keep oxygen in our environment. This is essential for animals and humans to breathe in order to stay alive. When deforestation occurs, trees cannot release oxygen into the environment. As a result, humans and animals cannot breathe.

What is Causing the Problem?

Deforestation is an enormous problem in China. So, what is causing deforestation to occur? The answer is simple. China’s population is growing tremendously, so more and more trees are being cut down to make more room for development. For example, many more roads and railroads are being built for transportation. Furthermore, trees are also being cut down to make more room for farmland. Farmers need extra space to plant their crops, so they get rid of large areas of trees to do so. But that’s not all! People in China are also participating in logging. What is logging? Logging is cutting trees down and preparing the wood to be used to build furniture and homes, or to create paper. While all of these causes are helping humans, they are creating even bigger problems for endangered species.
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What are the Effects?

Giant Pandas are in major danger because of deforestation. As an illustration, when large areas of trees are chopped down, the places pandas live are being split apart. For that reason, pandas are being forced to live in smaller, and less liveable areas. They are not able to live in the large areas of the forest that are necessary for them to live comfortably. As a result, pandas now need to live in small groups. Why is this such a problem? When pandas live in small groups, it makes it much more difficult for them to find mates. This does not allow pandas to reproduce, and in turn, the population continues to be threatened. Deforestation is causing another issue to arise. When large areas of trees are disposed of, pandas run into food shortages. Giant Pandas feed on bamboo, or a giant, woody grass. When bamboo trees are cut down, pandas have nothing left to eat, and can starve.
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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!


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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.
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Key Words

bamboo- a giant, woody grass that pandas eat


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