The Giant Panda

By J.C.

Description

  • In the Bear family. (Tracey 15)
  • Black and white fur color.
  • Waterproof coat.
  • Panda cubs have white fur when they are born.
  • Males weigh about 200-240 lbs.
  • Female pandas are about 40 lbs lighter than males.
  • Pandas of both genders are about 120-180 cm.
  • Pandas communicate using sounds.
  • Pandas are able to climb trees.
  • Pandas are hunted by the Golden Cat, Tiger, Panther, Jackal, Wolf, and the Yellow-throated Marten.
  • The Panda's scientific name is Aliuropoda melanoleuca. (Travelchinaguide.com)
  • Pandas have a 10-20 cm tail.
  • Pandas live 15-20 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.
  • There are currently about 2,000 pandas in the wild. (Defenders.org)
  • Pandas reproduce every March-May season and give birth to 1-2 cubs at a time.

Food Chain and Habitat

  • Pandas eat stems, leaves, and fresh shoots of bamboo as well as berries, fruits, flowers, fungi, grass, bark, bird's eggs, insects, fish, birds, and rodents. (Angelfire.com)
  • The Giant Panda eats 10-20 kg of bamboo every day.
  • Pandas are classified as carnivores.
  • Bamboo and other plants consist of 99% of the Panda's diet. (Travelchinaguide.com)
  • Pandas are predators and hunt fish, small birds, and rodents.
  • Pandas enjoy living by streams and in trees.
  • Pandas live on the continent of Asia and live in china.
  • Pandas inhabit forests and live in cold, wet, and cloudy climates.
  • Pandas also live on mountain ranges.
  • Pandas sometimes sleep at the bottoms of trees.
  • Pandas eat for up to 14 hours a day.
  • Pandas also live in Myanmar and Vietnam.


Adaptations

  • Pandas have a sixth thumb/toe to help them hold bamboo better and to help them to pull shoots and leaves off of bamboo stems. (Bioweb.edu)
  • Pandas have a larger head to eat bamboo.
  • Pandas have strong jaw muscles to chew on bamboo.
  • They have a larger head to accommodate larger jaw muscles.
  • Pandas have large and smooth molars to chew through tough bamboo.
  • Pandas have a specialized digestive system for eating bamboo.
  • Pandas have a special esophagus lining so It doesn't tear when bamboo goes down.
  • Pandas have a strong and muscular stomach to avoid digestion problems.
  • Pandas have a large colon to hold food and waste and also to accommodate for the large amount of food a panda eats.
  • Pandas move on four strong legs because they are always moving around.

Reasons for Endangerment & Critical Information

Reasons for endangerment (Pressnall 25-68)
  • Pandas are hunted for science and research.
  • Pandas are considered a prized trophy among hunters.
  • Pandas are also victims of poaching.
  • Pandas are also endangered because of habitat loss.
  • Loss of plants for food because the plants are used for fuel and housing.
  • Pandas are also trapped and killed by poachers and hunters.
  • Tourism causes pollution and waste that damages pandas and their environment.


Critical Information (Pressnall 25-68)


  • Buildings for holding adult and baby pandas before releasing them into the wild to prevent starvation.
  • Supervision of pandas while they grow.
  • Pandas are also being moved and supplied to help with their survival.
  • Publicizing rescue efforts to save pandas are also being used.
  • Prohibiting the cutting of bamboo prevents the starvation of pandas.
  • Expansions and creations of animal reserves.
  • Reestablishing habitats.
  • Panda breeding is also being done.