The giant Panda

There are only 266 bears in the world

The panda, also known as the giant panda, is a bear native to south central China. The panda is big and it has got black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The panda eat bamboo but occasionally eat other grasses, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. In captivity, they may receive eggs, fish, oranges or bananas.

The panda lives in mountais in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. As a result of deforestation and other development, the panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived.

The panda is a conservation reliant endangered species. A 2007 report shows 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country.

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