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Wednesday, September 02, 2009

Panda Stats

There are only about 1,590 pandas left in the wild in China.



giant panda adults eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo per day




panda's habitat in China is being destroyed and divided into smaller patches (mostly be highways and roads), pandas are having a hard time finding mates, threatening to reduce their gene pool under what is genetically viable to sustain the species.




Human activity - logging, animal grazing, and agriculture - are the major sources of habitat destruction.



Pandas used to be found everywhere on the mountains in central and south China, and in Myanmar and Vietnam. However, their living space has shrunk markedly and they are on the verge of extinction due to the climatic changes and human activities.





Today, pandas are found in six isolated forest areas in Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces in China.




With just over 1.3 billion people (1,330,044,605 as of mid-2008), China is the world's largest and most populous country.




The Giant Panda is an endangered species, threatened by continued habitat loss and by a very low birthrate, both in the wild and in captivity.



Giant pandas are poached for sale of the fur, and also fall victims of traps that are laid down for other animals.




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