by Nina Bonilla and Genesis Collazo
The panda, also known as panda bear or the giant panda to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda, is a bear native to south central China. Giant pandas are found in the bamboo forests and/or the rocky mountains of Asia. A pandas source of food is mainly composed of bamboo but the Giant Pandas may also eat carrots and sweet potato's. A few predators that hunt on the Giant Pandas are Jackals, leopards, and the Yellow-Throated Martens. A few reasons that the Giant Pandas are endangered are because of its habitat distruction Chinas population is growing rapidly causing them to need more living spaces pushing the pandas in smaller and less livable living areas. From recent studies it has shown that there are about 1,600 pandas left in the world. The level of endangerment is classified in criterion c which is the highest level of endangerment. At the age of four to eight years the panda may reproduce and they usually have 1 baby at a time.