Saturday, July 31, 2010

Animal Week : Giant Panda

"Giant Panda"

31 July Saturday - Black and White

WE all know about this beautiful and cute creature , how can we not know ? It is so damn cute and has a unique look to them , most of all , they are threatened but measures haven been taken to save this animal from the cold hard hands of extinction.

The Giant Panda is a bear native to central-western and south western China.It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body.The giant panda is a carnivore but 99% of it's diet consists of bamboo eating.Other parts of its diet include honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, and bananas when available.

The Giant Panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.Farmings and deforestation has destroyed their homes in the lowlands , they were driven into the highlands in hopes for new place to live.Imagine , your home destroyed and you would be forced to live somewhere else.

The Giant Panda is a conservation reliant endangered species.A 2007 report shows 239 Giant Pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country.Some say that there are currently 1590 individuals living in the wild , while a 2006 study via DNA analysis estimated that this figure could be as high as 2,000 to 3,000.Some reports stated that the population of giant pandas are on the rise but they don't have any certainty yet to reclassify the species from Endangered to Vulnerable.

While the dragon has historically served as China's national emblem, in recent decades the Giant Panda has also served as an emblem for the country.Its image appears on a large number of modern Chinese commemorative silver, gold, and platinum coins. Though the Giant Panda is often assumed to be docile, it has been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than predation.

Ops my pencil is broken , PANDAS.


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