The Giant Panda

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The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda Melanoleuca) lives in the bamboo forests of southwestern China. This type of panda is endangered and to this day "there are only around a thousand pandas left" (http//:panda.org, 1). "Adult giant pandas have a length of 160 to 180 centimeters (5/14 to 6 feet). The weight of an adult male giant panda is normally between 80 and 125 kilograms (176 and 276 pounds) with males typically weighing about 10% to 20% more than females--about the same size as the American black bear. However, unlike the black bear, giant pandas do not hibernate and cannot walk on their hind legs" (Etling 1). "Giant pandas have a massive head, heavy body, short tail (approximately 5 inches) rounded ears and plantigrade…show more content…
Without the ability to move to new areas which have not been affected, starvation and death will certainly occur for the giant panda" (Etling 6). "Although the giant panda has the digestive system of a carnivore, however, over time the giant panda adapted to a vegetarian diet such as bamboo" (http://panda.org, 1). the panda is often thought to eat only bamboo; there are other foods that a panda will eat. "While bamboo stalks and roots make up 95% of its diet, the giant panda also feeds on gentians, irises, crocuses, fish, pikas, vines, mushrooms, rice grass and occasionally small rodents. The giant panda will eat meat although rarely. The giant panda must eat 20 to 40 pounds of food each day to survive, and spends 10 to 16 hours a day feeding" (Etling 6). At one point in time, giant pandas flourished in eastern China and several neighboring countries. "The giant panda is believed to have made its first appearance during the late Pilocene or early Pleistocene, perhaps no more than two to three million years ago. Panda fossils have been found in present day Burma, Vietnam, and particularly early in eastern China, as far north as Bejing" (Etling 2). Today pandas are mostly in dense bamboo and mountains of central/eastern China. "Pandas occupy 6 small forest fragments in small isolated areas of the central and eastern portions of the Sichuan Province, in the

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