All About the Panda Bear!
The Ailuropoda Melanoleuca a.k.a the Panda Bear or Giant Panda, is an endangered species, with only about 1,000 left living in the world today! These cute creatures are identified by their black and white color.
Average life span in the wild: 20 years
Size: 4 to 5 ft (1.2 to 1.5 m)
Weight: 300 lbs (136 kg)
A Giant Panda's diet mainly consists of bamboo. A Panda will need about 28 pounds of bamboo each day to satisfy their needs. They eat about half the day (12 hours). Other times when needed, they will eat small birds and rodents.
Where do they Live?
The Panda Bear is native to the country of China. They use to life in most of eastern China, but now are just reduced to six different mountain ranges.
Pandas are solitary. They have a high sense of smell for the males to avoid each other and for the females to attract males. Mating only happens for a specific week in the spring. Their pregnancy lasts for about 5 months. They give birth to 1 or 2 cubs, but can only be able to take care of one cub. The cub will weigh about 5 ounces at birth.
Why are they Endangered?
The populations is decreasing because of habitat loss. Many buildings have replaced the bamboo forests. Mating is also very selective, which doesn't increase the population.