Giant pandas were taken off of the endangered species list on September 4th of 2016. But they are still a vulnerable species. In March 2015 Mongbay wrote an article that the giant panda population increased by 17%. Due to pandas reproducing so seldom it is very difficult to get the numbers back up to normal for the number of pandas that are in the wild. Panda populations have declined due to habitat destruction. As the population of people is increasing it is pushing the pandas into smaller, not ideal living conditions. Their food supply is also being taken over by humans, so therefore the pandas that made it through the destruction have nothing to eat to survive. Pandas eat different types of bamboo that bloom at different times of the year. If one type of bamboo is wiped out it can lead to an increase in starvation during that period in time. Although the government of China has worked to restore and protect their food supply, climate change will eliminate over 35% of bamboo over the next 80 years.
- Pandas weigh anywhere from 165-300 lbs.
- They are 5.3-6.2 feet tall.
- 1,500 pandas are in the wild in southwestern China.
- Bamboo accounts for 99% of their diet, the other one percent is other vegetation, small fish, and small animals.
- The can break a bamboo shoot one and a half inches thick with just their teeth.
- They have enlarged wrist bones that acts as thumbs.
- Pandas can climb about 13,000 feet.
- They are very good swimmers.
- Pandas are very shy and don’t venture out to where civilization is.
- They eat about 26 lbs of bamboo every day.
- Pandas do not hibernate.
We need to do our absolute best to save these beautiful, peaceful animals. Donate to the World Wildlife Fund and make a difference for all endangered animals.