Alexander Cleveland Period 3 5/16/16
Giant pandas have a very distinctive black and white coat of fur. They have a mostly white body and belly, but their ears, limbs, and shoulders are black. They also have dark, black patches around their eyes. These chunks of colors serve as camouflage when giant pandas are in the treetops or eating bamboo. (Wildscreen Arkive) The giant panda is a vertebrae.
99% of a giant panda's diet is bamboo. This is because it is so common where they live. Another reason why they eat bamboo is because it can be easily spotted, even during the winter. The other 1% is other plants, if necessary they will scavenge the kill of carnivores. (Panda Rescue) Since bamboo supplies pandas with water, they don't drink a lot. Giant pandas usually sit down while they're eating so they can free up both fore paws for holding, breaking, and eating the bamboo. To survive giant pandas must eat 22 to 40 pounds of bamboo a day. (Panda Rescue)
- The giant panda's scientific name is Ailuropoda melanoleuca
- They are also a member of the bear family
- Each pandas markings are different from one another
- They can live in the wild from 14 to 30 years
- The giant panda is an endangered species
- There is a worldwide conservation plan to save the giant panda
Bortolotti, Dan. Changing the Future for Endangered Wildlife Panda Rescue. Ltd ed. Buffalo: Firefly, 2003. Print.
Lumpkin, Susan. "Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)." Wildscreen Arkive. Jean-Paul Ferrero, 1 Jan. 2012. Web. 11 May 2016. <http://www.arkive.org/giant-panda/ailuropoda-melanoleuca/>.