Giant Panda : How China's Economic Growth Affects Populations

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Giant Panda: How China’s Economic Growth Affects Populations Young panda approaching through the bushes [Fritz Poelking, 2008] Daniel Quiroga English 110 Dawn Service 5 April 2012 Giant Panda: How China’s Economic Growth Affects Populations Daniel Quiroga English 110 Dawn Service 5 April 2012 Summary Giant Panda is a bear native to central-western and south western China and it is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The number of pandas living in the wild is approximately 1590 with most of its population living between the Qinling and Minshan Mountains. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and…show more content…
Females weigh around 80 kilograms whilst males reach a weight of 85-125 kilograms [Animal Planet, 2006]. Fig. 2 illustrates a comparison between a 4 to 5ft, 300 lbs with a 6-ft man. The giant panda has a body shape typical of bears. It has black fur on its ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, arms and shoulders. The rest of the animal's coat is white. Although scientists do not know why these unusual bears are black and white, some speculate that the bold coloring provides effective camouflage in its shade-dappled snowy and rocky surroundings [Dudley, Karen, 1997]. The giant panda's thick, wooly coat keeps it warm in the cool forests of its habitat [Dudley, Karen, 1997]. Figure 2: Illustrates a comparison between a 4 to 5ft, 300 lbs with a 6-ft man [National Geographic, n.d.] Habitat and Distribution Giant pandas live in Western China, in broadleaf and coniferous forests with a dense understory of bamboo, at elevations between 5,000 and 10,000 feet. Torrential rains or dense mist throughout the year characterizes these forests, often shrouded in heavy clouds. [Smithsonian National Zoo-Park, 2008.] Wild population one estimate shows that there are about 1,590 individuals living in the wild, A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another

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