The black and white beauty with an expressionless face pointed canines, and huge bearish body, these furballs are loved all over the globe.
Once common throughout southern China and as far north as Beijing and south into Southeast Asia, the Panda’s distribution is presently confined to six mountain ranges in Chinese provinces.
These Carnivora evolved to specialize in a diet of a particular grass—bamboo! Since bamboos are low in nutrition, they eat a lot daily and are highly frugal with their energy expenditure.
Habitat fragmentation and degradation confined Pandas to high elevations, resulting in small isolated subpopulations increasing vulnerability to extinction through loss of genetic diversity.
2022: China announced plans to establish a new national park in the Sichuan province to protect the giant panda’s habitat. The park will cover an area of 27,000 km² (2.7 million hectare) and is expected to provide a safe haven for pandas and other endangered species.
2021: The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) announced that it had secured funding to establish a new nature reserve in China’s Qingling Mountains, which is home to a significant population of wild pandas. The reserve will provide protection for pandas and other endangered species in the region.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No