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Giant Pandas

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Giant pandas are a rare species of panda. They are native to the 6 separate mountain ranges in Western China. Giant pandas are famous for their love of bamboo and eat about up to 38kg of the green stuff a day!

THREATS TO PANDAS

The biggest threat to giant pandas is us humans by cutting down trees and cutting bamboo which is their main diet they have and love. Pandas are also threatened by habitat loss, humans hunting animals and harvesting plants in the forests.

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A baby giant panda, not what you would expect to see!

BIRTH FACT                     

Baby pandas are 1/900th of the size of their mothers. They are born hairless, blind and pink so don’t be scared if you see a baby panda pink and hairless. The mating season is in spring between March and May. A female can mate with several males, who compete for her. Pandas normally give birth to single cubs.

WHY SAVE THE PANDA?

We should do everything we can to save the giant panda because we are the ones that have driven them to the edge of extinction. Pandas through their eating habits spread seeds helping the vegetation to grow and keep the forest and jungles healthy.

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One of the cutest baby animals on the planet

PANDA POPULARITY 

In 1936, American fashion designer Ruth Harkness captures and takes the baby panda Su-Lin to the United States, making the cub an instant ‘celebrity’ and evoking universal sympathy for the plight of the species and creating the ‘panda cult’.

TODAY

So what is happening right now with these loveable creatures? Have man-kinds recent efforts had any effect?

Dr Ronald Swaisgood, chair of the IUCN’s Giant Panda expert team, told The Independent Newspaper in an email: “The current situation is that all the trends are positive. Panda numbers are increasing, occupied range is expanding, and available habitat is recovering fast.”

For more information visit http://www.wwf.org.uk/wildlife/giant-pandas

Maddie, Yr 5

Cottesmore Millfield Academy

10 Responses to Giant Pandas

  1. Charlotte October 20, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Good article. Those giant pandas are so cute. I hope they never go extinct.:)

  2. isobel farrell October 24, 2016 at 5:21 pm

    Well done!!!! They are so cute.

  3. Mrs Rachel Thomas October 26, 2016 at 4:03 pm

    Well done Maddie, a very interesting article and I am so pleased that you have included a hyperlink to encourage people to find out more and perhaps get involved in conservation work.
    Keep it up Maddie! 🙂

  4. Madison k October 26, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Yay Maddie! I’m sitting in an airport bored but after reading this I’m not bored 🙂

  5. Nicole November 3, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Well done Maddie I loved it

  6. Louie Hall (Y7 Casterton College) November 10, 2016 at 4:58 pm

    A very interesting article Maddie. I sure do love Giant Pandas. It is very bad that they are becoming extinct. Well done 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  7. Lisa-Michelle Hall November 10, 2016 at 5:05 pm

    Well done Maddie an articulate and well thought out article. It’s lovely to see you continuing your love of nature and highlighting the plight of Pandas. Keep up the good work Moo.
    Mummy xx

  8. kara November 22, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    They’re soooooo cute.

  9. The best jazzy November 22, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    I really liked your article. I like giant pandas as well.

    Jasmine

  10. mia (best friend) November 22, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    Giant pandas are cute. Nice work best friend!