Giant Panda

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Giant Panda

Distinguishing featuresGiant pandas have many unique features like they are distinctively Black and White, They Have “Cat-Like” Pupils, Strong Teeth, and their Paws Have Six Fingers.

ReproductionGiant pandas reach breeding maturity between four and eight years of age. They may be reproductive until about age 20. Female pandas ovulate only once a year, in the spring. A short period of two to three days around ovulation is the only time she is able to conceive.

Interesting factsThe life span of the giant panda is approximately 20 years, some live to 25-30 years. Giant pandas diets are 99% bamboo. Giant pandas can see things clearly at night, because they have the same pupils as cats. In a panda's typical day, it spends half its time on eating and the other half day on sleeping.

EvolutionPandas belong to the Ailuropodinae, the oldest family of the most primitive lineage of bears. The earliest pandas were small, forest-dwelling creatures for millions of years until about the time of the late Pliocene three million years ago, when larger pandas developed. They ranged into what is now Taiwan, northern Myanmar (Burma) and northern Vietnam. Pandas belong to the Ailuropodinae, the oldest family of the most primitive lineage of bears. Fossils of the oldest ancestral panda, Ailuropoda lufengensesis, are about eight million years old. These fossils were found in southern China. The earliest pandas were small, forest-dwelling creatures for millions of years until about the time of the late Pliocene three million years ago, when larger pandas developed. Pandas about half the size of modern giant pandas, Ailuropoda microta, were widespread throughout southern China about 600,000 years ago and were replaced by a larger species, Ailuropoda melanoleuca baconi, that was even larger than the modern giant panda. The modern giant panda evolved during the late Pleistocene. The fossil evidence Pandas belong to the AiluropodinaPandas belong to the Ailuropodinae, the oldest family of the most primitive lineage of bears.e, the oldest family of the most primitive lineage of bears. that in the late Pliocene and early Pleistocene, some 2 to 3 miars ago, the ancestral pandas were widely distributed over much of eastern and southern China as far north as Beijing. They ranged into what is now Taiwan, northern Myanmar (Burma) and northern Vietnam.

Giant Panda

AnatomyJust like all bears, this one has a very large head. However, the Panda Bear has a very round look to it. As they mature they often get more round in appearance. Bamboo that makes up almost all of their diet. Their coat is very thick which helps them to keep their body temperature regulated. Unless you look at one very close you won’t know that their paw has a kind of thumb and five fingers.

Subgroups Although the 8 bear species belong to the same family, 6 of them look more like each other and 2 of them look quite different from all the others. Subgroups include Spectacled Bear, Giant Panda, Sloth Bear, American Black Bear, Asian Black Bear, Sun Bear, Polar Bear, Brown Bear.

One the main reasons that pandas have become endangered is habitat destruction. As the population in China continues to grow, pandas' habitat gets taken over by development, pushing them into smaller and less livable areas.

All over the world they have breeding centers for gaint pandas to live long and healthy lives and have more babies., pandas also play a crucial role in China's bamboo forests by spreading seeds and helping the vegetation to grow.


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