The Giant Panda

(Ailuropoda Melanoleuca)
By: Caleb Ward

General Info

The Giant Panda's scientific name is Ailuropoda Melanoleuca. It lives in the Xifan Mountains of Sichuan(Southeast China). The climate is damp ranging from subtropical levels alpine meadows near the top of snowy peaks. This climate is full of bamboo, the main food source of the Giant Panda. It finds it's food form altitudes of 5,000-13,000'.There is little suitable habitat and the panda is confined to a small range.

Habits

One of the Giant Pandas' major habits is eating. They eat a massive amount of food each day(about 20 to 40 pounds in one day!)But bamboo is a low energy food diet so that's why it has to eat a large quantity of it.

Feeding/Food and Hunting

To collect food, the Giant panda;

1st: Forage for its food.

2nd: It grips the bamboo with its paws.

3rd: Then it strips the bamboo from the ground.

4th: Finally it begins eating the bamboo

Facts about the Giant Panda

Giant Panda falling over a snowy rock

This is where the Giant Panda lives

Breeding

A pregnant female seeks a den in a cave, bamboo thicket or at the base of a tree, lining it with wood chips or branches. The single newborn cub is tiny, blind and naked, but grows quickly. Although weaned at about sex months, the cub stays with its mother through the next breeding season. It leaves her the following spring in search of a good feeding area in which to make its home in.

Key Facts

Pandas are not true bears. The 18 species of the raccoon family, Procyonidae are also distant relatives; for many years pandas were grouped within  this family.

Did You Know...

And finally, did you know a Giant Panda's skin sells for up to $200,000 on the black market!


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