Giant Pandas Essay

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Giant Pandas and their life. Their habitat and diet, what they look like and how to protect them. Life in the wild, and in captivity. This is how giant pandas are categorized, as creatures I want to learn about and the animals I love. These amazing creatures are endangered, and go very well go extinct. Well, that is not going to happen on my watch. Giant Pandas. Cute, cuddly, and big. These lovable creatures are one of my favorites, and if I was allowed to, I would have one living in my backyard. Giant pandas live in the mountains in central China in the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. They used to live in lowland areas but deforestation and city development has forced the pandas to the mountains. Giant Pandas are an endangered species with only about 1,600 left in the wild, and more than 300 pandas lived in zoos and breeding centers. Most of the breeding centers are in China, where they are close to their original habitat. Adult wild pandas eat mainly bamboo, 99% of their diet consists of bamboo. The rest of their diet is other grasses, and occasional small rodents or musk deer fawns. Pandas in captivity are huge consumers of bamboo, sugar cane, rice gruel, a special high-fiber biscuit, carrots, apples, and sweet potatoes. The babies nurse until 8-9 months old, then they are weaned nutritionally, but not socially for up to two years of age. The pandas are sometimes forced to go hungry because of the reduced food supply in their environment due to human influences. As adults, giant pandas have black and white pigmentation patches, the black part covering their eyes, arms, ears, and legs, while the rest of their bodies are white. Giant pandas are 2-3 feet tall at the shoulder, on four legs, and reach 4-6 feet long. Males can weigh up to 250 lb in the wild, but females rarely reach 220lb. Baby pandas are born helpless, and it takes

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