ENDANGERED ANIMALS

Giant Panda

CLASSIFICATION

Pandas belong to the mammal family. The panda is classified as a bear.

APPEARANCE

The panda has white fur on its body and black fur on its legs and shoulders. It also has black on its ears, eyes, muzzle, legs, arms and its shoulders. The rest of its body is white.

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HABITAT

Giant pandas live in Western China in bamboo forests. They don't live in groups. It only lives in groups if it's mating.

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DIET

The giant panda eats 99% of bamboo and 1% of meat or vegetables. The giant panda's diet is primarily herbivorous.

Panda eating bamboo

MOVEMENT

The giant panda is an excellent climber. It walks pigeon-toed.

REPRODUCTION

When two cubs are born only one survives in the wild. When the cub is first born, it is pink, blind, and toothless weighing only 90 to 130 grams.


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OTHER INTERESTING FACTS

The first panda came to the United States in 1936—a cub to a zoo in Chicago. It took another 50 years before the States would see another.


A panda’s paw has six digits—five fingers and a thumb.


Of all the members of the bear family, only sloth bears have longer tails than pandas.


Pandas are mainly endangered due to habitat loss. Their forests are disappearing so they have less places to live.