giant panda

endangered animal

Describing the Giant Panda

The giant panda is a mammal. It has black and white colored fur. The weight of the panda is about 165 pounds to 330 pounds and they are about four to six feet tall. The panda scares away animals by barking and it has uses up to eleven different sounds to communicate. The panda can also mark it's territory. (natzoo)

Where does the Giant Panda belong in the food chain?

The giant panda mostly eats bamboo. They eat about 3,500 bamboo shoots a day. Sometimes the panda eats small amounts of fish, honey, and eggs. The giant panda's predators are leopards and the man. The panda is a herbivore and it stays in one place until all the bamboo is gone. The giant panda is on the bottom of the food chain because it mostly eats bamboo. (natzoo)

What is the Giant Panda's habitat like?

The giant panda lives in the mountain ranges of Central China. They live in the tropical forests where it is shrouded with heavy clouds and there is a lot of rain and mist. They eat all the bamboo in their area, then once it's gone, the panda moves to another place where the bamboo is. So the the giant panda doesn't have a home.(ehow)

How has the Giant Panda adapted to its surroundings?

The giant panda has a sixth finger to eat bamboo easier. The sixth finger allows the panda to grasp the bamboo. The giant panda does not migrate or hibernate, because it can store a lot of fat on a bamboo diets. The giant panda is born with powerful molars so they can eat bamboo. The giant panda doesn't hunt in packs because they eat bamboo and also don't hide or ambush.

Why should you help the Giant Panda?

The giant panda is the strongest symbol of nature conservation. So why kill it? Poachers kill this animal because of their fur which gives them warmth. To help save the giant panda, don't hunt illegally and donate to WWF International. (WWF)

Photo Credits

Photo 1: Valerie Ucumari, "Don't Go!"

Photo 2: Adrien Sifre, "Huan Huan Variation"

Photo 3: beingmyself, "We were here first"