The Giant Panda

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The Giant Panda:

The Giant Panda Narine Nazinyan Endangered S pecies Project Biology 7


Nomenclature Common Names: Giant Panda, Panda Bear Scientific Name: Ailuropoda Melanoleuca Scientific Classification: Kingdom: Anamalia Phylum: Cordata Class: Mammalia Order: Carnivora Family : Ursidae Genus : Ailuropoda Species : A. Melanoleuca

Species Description:

Species Description Wild giant panda weight: 132–243 pounds Captive giant panda weight: male panda is about 175 to 250 pounds. The female weighs about 150 to 225 pounds Life expectancy in the wild: 20 years Life expectancy in captivity: 30+ years (oldest recorded 36 years ) Color : The Giant Panda is a black and white bear .


Energy The Giant Panda is a heterotroph due to the fact that it can not synthesize its own food. The Giant Panda is the primary consumer in its habitat because it eats only bamboo and nothing eats it.  Panda eats around 20-30 pounds of bamboo each day .    


Population Recent studies show that there are about 1,600 giant pandas left in the wild today. About 300 are living in captivity, mostly in China. The biggest factors contributing to the endangerment of the giant panda are habitat destruction, low breeding rates, and declining population.


Evolution Adaptation The most visually obvious adaptation that the panda has to help with eating bamboo is a "sixth" finger The panda bear's head is another adaptation to help it eat bamboo . Another adaptation that the panda possesses is it's unique digestive system.


This is a picture of the evolution of the panda's skull. The first skull belongs to an ancient ancestor of the panda, when they lived in a much different habitat and under different living conditions. Now it has gotten larger and stronger to adapt with its new environment. 

Life Cycle:

Life Cycle The Giant Panda reaches its stage of sexual maturity at the age of 5 years old The letter size is usually 1-3 cubs, but in the wild it is unlikely for more than one cub to survive. The mother usually chooses the strongest cub and will let the other ones die.  A new born cub is about 6 inches long and will weigh anywhere from 3-5 ounces. Their eyes will not open for 6-8 weeks, and they will not become mobile for about three months.

Why Should We Save The Giant Panda???:

Why Should We Save The Giant Panda??? P andas play a crucial role in China's bamboo forests by spreading seeds and helping the vegetation to grow . We will be helping to protect not only these unique forests but also the wealth of species that live in them, such as dwarf blue sheep and beautiful multi-colored pheasants . The panda’s habitat is also important for the livelihoods of local communities, who use it for food, income, fuel for cooking and heating, and medicine.

Pandas live in five zoos in North America :

Pandas live in five zoos in North America San Diego Zoo in California National Zoo in Washington, D.C. Zoo Atlanta in Georgia Memphis Zoo in Tennessee Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City




Works Cited 1. Unknown author. 2007. Giant Panda http :// 2. Rachael Barger. 2007. Giant Panda 3. G.D. Palmer. 2008. The complete life cycle of the Giant Panda http :// 4. Unknown author. October 28, 2010. Earliest Panda Skull Reveals Bamboo-Eating "Pygmy" http :// 5. Kristyn MacLeod, Nick MacLeod, Skyler Millar, Dane Patkai , and Kyle Richards.2010.Panda Bear http :// 6. Vincent Laudet.2011 Jul 27.Why does the giant panda eat bamboo? http ://

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