Diversity of Living Things

Giant Panda (Ailuropoda Melanoleuca)

Background information on Giant Panda's

Giant panda also known as the Ailuropoda Melanoleuca. It is native to south central China and is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Although it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda's diet is over 99% bamboo. Giant pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses or occasional small rodents. In the zoo they eat bamboos, sugar cane, rice gruel, high-fibre biscuit,carrots,apples and sweet potatoes. The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China about 6000 sq.km mainly in Sichuan and Shaanxi province but the main Habitat of giant pandas are Bamboo forests. As a result of farming, deforestation, and other development, the giant panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived.

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Endangered Species - Panda (Documentary)

Taxonomic Category of Giant Panda's in relation to other species





  1. Rank
  2. Taxon Name:Giant Panda
  3. Examples of Species in Taxon



Domain

Eukarya

Butterfly: Eukaryote


Kingdom

Animalia

Blue jay: Animalia


Phylum

Chordate

Worms: Annelida


Class

Mammalia

Komodo Dragon: Reptilia


Order

Carnivora

Altum Angelfish: Perciformers


Family

Alluridae, Ursidae, or procyonidae

Ladybug: Coccinellidae


Genus

Ailuropoda

Blue Whale: Balaenoptera


Species

Melanoleuca

Tiger: Panthara Tigris

Biodiversity and Human Impacts

  1. What role does your species have in maintaining biodiversity? The panda plays a crucial role in China's bamboo forest by spreading seeds and helping the vegetation grow.
  2. What are the implications of this species becoming endangered or extinct? The giant panda could be extinct in-between 2-3 generations if we do not help.
  3. What other species depend on this animal for survival? No animals rely on the panda for survival
  4. Are there any current threats this species survival? The threats to the giant panda are destructive development; mining operations ,unsustainable forest practices Climate change/ extreme natural disaster , and mass tourism. Therefore, this has all lead to the degradation and fragmentation of the panda habitat.
  5. How are humans impacting the survival of your species (positive & negative)? Try to think about 4 or 5 examples. climate change escalation, Human activities impact, low rates of reproduction and single type of staple food
6. Create an action plan for maintaining the survival and health of your species. Try to think about 4 or 5 ways to help protect your species.
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  • show your support (donate to WorldWildLife)
  • Create your own webpage
  • Join the program
  • Help activists to show support

Morphology of a Giant Panda compared to a Polar Bear

Resources

Nikhil Advani., Crawford Allen., Suzanna Apple., Matt banks(2012, Sept 13). How you can help. Retrieved from https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/giant-panda

“ World Association of Zoos and Aquariums: Giant Panda.”waza.org.

http://www.waza.org/en/site/zoos-aquariums

Rachel Barger(2007 April)"Giant Panda. Retrieved from http://bioweb.uwlax.edu/bio203/s2007/barger_rach/

"Polar bears animal info book". seaworld.org. http://seaworld.org/en/animal-info/animal-infobooks/polar-bears/