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The Loss of Bamboo Forests Affecting Giant Pandas

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Casey Olsen

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The Loss of Bamboo Forests Affecting Giant Pandas
Impact on Breeding
A pair of breeding pandas needs a minimum of around 30 km2 to support them.

Female Panda's are only able to breed
once a year for a period of 24 to 72 hours.

With the already decreasing Population of Panda's it damages the diversity of genotypes and phenotypes of this species. Especially since they can only reproduce and offspring once a year.
Urbanization
Urbanization is the increasing number of people that migrate from rural to urban areas. It results in the physical growth of urban areas.
Urbanization of Panda's Habitat
Between 1974-1989 the bamboo forest shrank 50%

To put that into perspective, imagine cutting our classroom size in half but having the same amount of people.

In China their population is growing, which results in lots of development, pushing the Panda to smaller and less livable areas
Impact on their lives
Although Pandas are carnivorous animals, bamboo is the panda's primary source of food as it takes up 90% of their diet
Bamboo only grows at an altitude of between 500 and 3,100m.
By: Kirsten, Casey and Hunter
Local example: The new hospital
There are about 1,600 left in the wild. Nearly 300 pandas live in zoos and breeding centers around the world, mostly in China.
Work Cited
http://www.torontozoo.com/Pandas/?pg=About
http://www.torontozoo.com/pandas/pdfs/FINAL%20Toronto%20Zoo%20Giant%20Panda%20Media%20Kit%20-%20Conservation.pdf
http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=10692&Cr=Bamboo&Cr1=#.VEFiSCldVFA
http://wwf.panda.org/what_we_do/endangered_species/giant_panda/problems/habitatloss/

What impact has the loss of bamboo forests to urbanization had on the giant panda's ability to breed and live?
In Conclusion
Due to the huge loss of bamboo forests,the giant pandas no longer have the food and habitat they need to survive and grow in population. With an already small number of truly wild pandas left, the future of the species is a serious problem. In order to maintain and rebuild the giant panda's population we must STOP destroying there habitat and food source and attempt to plant new bamboo forests to replace the thousands of acres we destroyed.
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