ENDANGERED ANIMALS

PANDA

CLASSIFICATOIN

The panda belongs to the mammal family and bear family.

Molecular studies suggest the panda is a true bear and part of the Ursidae family.


The Panda has been referred to as a living fossil.

APPEARANCE

The Panda has black and white fur, Male Pandas can weigh up to 160 kg

and Female's Panda can weigh as little as 75 kg. They have 5 fingers and 1 thumb. The pandas have black around the eyes and ear they also have black legs and a black band around their shoulder.


They have a big bone at the heel of the paw used for gripping on bamboo and climbing.

HABITAT

The Pandas lives in western China in a bamboo forest. If not in a bamboo forest they can also live in the zoo.

DIET

Panda's eat bamboo stick 99% of the time, but they can also eat sugar cane, a special- high fibre biscuit, carrot, apple and sweet potatoes.


MOVEMENT

A pandas walks slowly and takes bird steps. They sway their head all the time wondering for something to eat everyday. The only time they stop is when they need to rest or to eat.

REPROUDUCTION

The panda reach their breeding between 4 and 8 years of age. They can also be reproductive until the age of 20. Calls and scent draws males and females panda together.
Female panda gives birth between 95 and 160 days after they mate. They usually give birth to 2 baby panda's but only one of them survive.

The cubs only stay with their mother at the age of 3 until they go out by them self. She can only raise 5 to 8 cubs.


OTHER INTRESTING FACTS

Panda's have lived on earth for 2 to 3 million years. Female panda's ovulate only once a year. It takes about 5 years for a female panda to become an adult and up to 7 years for the male to become a adult. There are only 240 captive panda's in the world. They are all part of the breeding program.
More than half of the newborn panda's die from a diseases or from being accidentally crushed by their mother.

The panda spends 14 to 16 hours a day eating bamboo. The throat of the panda has a special lining to protect it from bamboo splinters.


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