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Giant Panda2017-03-22T11:34:31+00:00
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_empty_space height=”15px”][vc_column_text]The giant panda is perhaps the most powerful symbol in the world when it comes to species conservation.

Despite their exalted status and relative lack of natural predators, the giant panda remains one of the rarest and most endangered bears in the world.

Severe threats from humans have left just over 1,800 pandas in the wild.[/vc_column_text][vc_row_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_single_image image=”17035″ img_size=”full” alignment=”center” style=”vc_box_shadow” onclick=”link_image” css_animation=”appear” css=”.vc_custom_1465385309802{margin-bottom: 10px !important;padding-bottom: 0px !important;}”][vc_raw_html]JTNDYXVkaW8lMjBjb250cm9scyUzRCUyMmNvbnRyb2xzJTIyJTIwYXV0b2J1ZmZlciUzRCUyMiUyMiUzRSUwQSUwOSUwOSUwOSUzQ3NvdXJjZSUyMHNyYyUzRCUyMmh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZhc3NldHMud3dmLm9yZy51ayUyRmRvd25sb2FkcyUyRnBhbmRhLndhdiUyMiUzRSUwQSUwOSUwOSUwOSUzQ3NvdXJjZSUyMHNyYyUzRCUyMmh0dHAlM0ElMkYlMkZhc3NldHMud3dmLm9yZy51ayUyRmRvd25sb2FkcyUyRnBhbmRhLm1wMyUyMiUzRSUwQSUwOSUwOSUzQyUyRmF1ZGlvJTNF[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_column_text]Giant pandas are biologically unique. They are closely related to bears and have the digestive system of a carnivore, but they have adapted to a vegetarian diet and depend almost exclusively on bamboo as a food source.

Not designed to process plant matter, the panda’s digestive system cannot easily break down the cellulose in bamboo, so pandas must eat huge amounts – as much as 83 pounds or about 40 kg, eating for up to 14 hours, each day.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][vc_column_text]

Distribution

[/vc_column_text][vc_column_text]Giant pandas are found only in China. They were once widespread in southern and eastern China and in neighbouring Myanmar and North Vietnam. Today there are confined to temperate forest scattered across six mountain ranges in southwestern China: Minshan, Qinling, Qionglai, Liangshan, Daxiangling, and Xiaoxiangling. These forests are some of the most biologically rich temperate areas on Earth.

Because of China’s dense human population, many panda populations are isolated in narrow belts of bamboo no more than 1,000-1,200 meters in width. Panda habitat is continuing to disappear as settlers push higher up the mountain slopes.[/vc_column_text][vc_video link=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vSlY_hDDWao” el_width=”90″ align=”center”][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row css=”.vc_custom_1465300174348{margin-top: 15px !important;}”][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”#AdoptAMug” style=”custom” custom_background=”#b5547b” custom_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”center” css_animation=”appear” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fzeroduedesign.co.uk%2Fbuynow%2Fpanda%2F|title:Sustain%20Us%3A%20Giant%20Panda|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_btn title=”2 > The Threats to Pandas” style=”custom” custom_background=”#8224e3″ custom_text=”#ffffff” shape=”square” size=”sm” align=”center” css_animation=”appear” link=”url:http%3A%2F%2Fzeroduedesign.co.uk%2Fwwf%2Fgiant-panda%2Fthe-threats-to-pandas%2F|title:Sustain%20Us%3A%20Giant%20Panda|” button_block=”true”][/vc_column][/vc_row]