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Characteristics of Living Things - Giant Panda

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Emma Tenery

on 11 September 2015

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Transcript of Characteristics of Living Things - Giant Panda

Respond to Stimuli:
Grow & Develop:
How long does it take this organism to reach maturity?
It takes the Giant panda between four and six years to reach maturity. Captive pandas take around two to even three years earlier.
How long does this organism usually live?

Pandas in the wild can live up to about 20 years while animals in captivity can live up to 30.

Maintain a Stable Environment:
How do they keep their internal environment stable when hot or cold?

They maintain their body temperature by homeostasis. For example when they are hot they will drink water to cool off.
Are they warm blooded or cold blooded?

Pandas are warm blooded.
What is their normal body temperature?
The adult pandas’ normal temperature is between 36.5-37.5 degrees Celsius.
What things would need to be considered if this organism were to be moved to a zoo or other artificial environment?
Pandas are not very social and like to just stay in small groups so they would need to not have many pandas.

Use/Need Energy:

Giant Pandas eat bamboo, leaves, and stems.
Pandas eat 20 to 40 pounds of bamboo everyday.
Pandas eat 10-16 times everyday.
The digestive system of a Panda is made up of bundled organs to help break down nutrition from its food and convert them to energy for the rest of the body. Once the food enters the stomach, acid starts to decompose the food to remove the vitamins and nutrients. The small intestine then breaks down the food using enzymes from the pancreas. After that, the waste is ready to be released.
The anus controls the exit of the waste. It detects the rectums contents and it releases the waste when it is ready.
The panda is a Carnivore, even though they have learned to depend on bamboo, their digestive system works as if it is a carnivore.
Evolve & Adaptions
How do the characteristics that this organism displays help it to adapt and survive in its environment?

A panda’s fur helps it stay in a cool forest environment. They also have very strong teeth that can bite into the bamboo they eat. They have “cat-like” pupils that help them see at night.
Does this organism have special features to help it survive?

They have any extra digit on their paws to help them open bamboo. Their stomach is also lined with a thick mucus that protects them from getting splinters.
Does this organism have special needs that may not be met in the future?
Almost all they eat is bamboo, so if we run out of bamboo they won’t have anything to eat.
What precautions should humans take to ensure the survival of this organism?
We need to protect the bamboo forests
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Characteristics of Living Things - Giant Panda
Universal Genetic Code:
How many chromosomes does this organism have?

A panda has 42 chromosomes

When in danger, the panda uses their physical strength, and powerful jaws and teeth they can fight off predators to protect their cubs.
Since they are losing their habitat, it is hard establishing new reserves and extending existing ones are crucial for the pandas to survive. They also live in the Qinling and Minshan Mountains in China.
The panda uses its small tail like a brush to mark territory with ‘scent’ produced by scent glands located beneath the tail.
To protect its young, the mother stays with its cub for about 18 months, until it is independent enough to establish its own territory. The panda bear usually likes to be alone, but they can have a predatory relationship very quickly. Since bamboo is very scarce because of how much they eat, they have to do whatever it takes to provide for themselves.

What type of cells does this organism have?
The Giant Panda has Eukaryotic cells.
Does it have one cell, or many cells?

The Panda has millions of cells.
Do the cells all have the same function or do they have many different functions?

Giant Pandas have many different functions, such as: respiratory system, nervous system, and circulatory system.

How long does it take this organism to reproduce?

It takes the Giant panda from 90 days to 160 days to reproduce after mating.
How many offspring are born at once?

Usually two pandas are born, but most of the time only one will survive after birth.
What kind of reproduction does this organism use?
Giant pandas use internal reproduction.

By: Renae Rodriguez & Emma Tenery
Who takes care of the offspring?
The mother takes care of her cubs and some cubs stay up to 3 years.
How do the offspring learn?
Baby pandas learn critical survival skills from their mother.
Does this organism undergo any metamorphosis?

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