IUCN Red list

Ailuropoda melanoleuca ( Giant Panda)

The giant panda lives in mountain ranges in China, mainly in Sichuan province( where the earthquake happened in 2008 ) As a result of farming, deforestation and other development, the panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived and this is a contributing factor as to why it is becoming an increasingly rare phenomenon to see one in real life. It is easily recognized by the large, black patches around its eyes.The panda's diet is 99% bamboo Pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses or even meat in the form of birds. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. Some reports also show that the number of pandas in the wild is on the rise. However, the IUCN does not believe there is enough certainty yet to reclassify the species from Endangered to Vulnerable. Adults measure from 1.2 to 1.8 m long. Males can weigh up to 160 kg which is effectively two humans.

Panthera tigris tigris ( Bengal Tiger)

The Bengal tiger's coat is light orange, with stripes of black across its body. Male Bengal tigers have an average total length of 2.7 to 4 m long including the tail.The average weight of males is 220 kg while that of females is 140 kg.Tigers are carnivores. They prefer hunting large animals they frequently kill wild boar. Small prey species such as porcupines and hares form a very small part in their diet. Due to the humans into their habitat, they also prey on domestic livestock.The most immediate threat to the existence of tiger's is the illegal trade between India, Nepal and China. The governments of these countries have failed in bringing in new laws as it remains a low priority for them.

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