The giant panda, referred to as a rare “living fossil”, is an endangered species that lives exclusively in China. Its habitat includes the Wolong National Nature Reserve, Mount Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains, covering an area of 9,245 square kilometers under jurisdiction of 12 counties in Chengdu City, Aba Tibetan and Qiang Autonomous Prefecture, Ya’an City and Ganzi Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, Sichuan Province. The number of wild giant pandas living in this area accounts for over 30 percent of the world’s total, making this area the largest habitat of the giant panda.
The giant panda today numbers so few, breeds and adapts so slowly, and depends so heavily on the stability of its environment that its fate lies entirely in the hands of human beings.
The diet of a giant panda is almost exclusively composed of bamboo. Because pandas have descended from carnivores, their digestive systems are ill-suited for the bamboo they consume. As a result, pandas take in massive amounts of bamboo in order to retain enough nutrition for survival.
Pandas, then, are heavily reliant on an abundant and sustained source of bamboo, something best assured by large, continuous tracts of suitable land. Pandas are also slow to rebuild their population, some having just offspring every one or two years.
The giant panda is universally loved. Look at these pictures, they are just so cute! I wish we all can do something to ensure the giant panda’s survival.
Dear, you can’t bite the bottle. Let me feed you.
Eh, what are they doing? Hey~~
Hum, it’s unfair! You shouldn’t only feed my sister!
Stop! You can’t only feed her, that’s not fair!
Come on, don’t be so rude! You are her elder brother.
One bottle for each. Good, fair enough!
Now that I’m a big girl, I can eat the bottle now!