Giant Pandas & Their Taxonomy

By Kody Shearin

What is Taxonomy

Taxonomy is the branch of science concerned with classification, especially of organisms; systematics, there are 7 taxonomic levels and they are kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.

Giant Panda's Taxonomy

Kingdom: Animalia---All members of this kingdom are multicellular (made up of many cells) and are heterotrophic (get their nourishment by eating other organisms). All animals require oxygen for their metabolism.

Phylum: Chordata---Chordates are all bilaterally symmetrical with distinct heads. At some point in their development, they possess a notochord (a rod-shaped supporting axis, or backbone).

Class: Mammalia---All mammals have hair, are able to regulate their body temperature, and females can produce milk.

Order: Carnivora---Not all members of Carnivora eat meat (pandas eat almost nothing but bamboo), but all have well-developed teeth for shredding foods. In general, these animals have strong limbs and claws and acute senses.

Family: Ursidae---Members of the bear family have five toes on each foot and some can walk upright for short distances. Bears are intelligent animals with a great sense of smell.

Genus: Ailuropoda---The giant panda is the only member of the genus Ailuropoda because it is not closely related to any other bears.

Species: Melanoleuca

This are the words of Jose Lopez

This is The Home of The Giant Panda

Interesting Facts

Fully grown pandas are about 4ft-5ft tall.

A fully grown panda can be up to 300 lb.

Pandas are lazy.

At first glance, the giant panda would seem to resemble a bear, but in fact its features show it has a stronger affinity with racoons.

It stays with its mother for about 18 months, until it is independent enough to establish its own territory.

Pandas have a highly developed sense of smell that males use to avoid each other and to find females for mating in the spring.

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