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The Giant Panda

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The Giant Panda
Biome
: The Giant Panda lives in the temperate deciduous forests of China.
BY: Jahaziel Lomeli
Grade: 9
If we could
use less paper
in school and
recycle
more often at home, less trees would be cut down. The whole community would be contributing, since this simple act could give pandas and other animals not only a better habitat, but also, a
brighter future
.
project purpose
Habitat
Organism Description
The giant panda weighs about
300 pounds
.
It is easily recognized by it's distinct

coat of
black and white
fur.

The panda
has 5 fingers and one thumb
. It has strong teeth and jaws to eat the much needed bamboo for it's diet.
Classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum : Chordata
Class : Mammalia
Order : Carnivora
Family : Ursidae
Genus :Ailuropoda
The giant panda is
scientifically classified
as the following:
Fun fact: The giant panda eats about 50 pounds of bamboo each day.
that's a lot of bamboo!
What biome does the panda live in?
The giant panda lives in the
Temperate Deciduous Forests
in China.
Not like this guy!
The
elevation
of their home is between
5,000 and 10,000 feet
,

since pandas live in the mountains of southwestern China.
It also
rains often
, helping the vegetation grow.
A PANDA'S ECOSYSTEM

Since the Panda lives in a forest with a lot of rain,
bamboo is the panda's main diet
. About
99% of its diet
.
Pandas
live
and spend their time
under the trees
.

They spend about
12 Hours
each day
eating
bamboo.
Before
, giant pandas could move around freely.
More of the forest is being cut,
limiting the pandas habitat
and forcing them to move to higher ground.
Now the pandas habitat is so small
and spread out, that if bamboo is scarce in one place they must move to another or starve to death.
giant panda distribution

giant panda distribution
As you saw in the charts, the
panda's home is shrinking
.
We are
using the earth's resources 10 times faster than it could recuperate
.
Panda's used to live in lowland areas, but were
forced to move to higher elevations
in the mountains where there is less food.
the giant panda's biome
The
giant panda lives only in China,
in the upper elevations.
It is a relatively
small place
compared to were they used to roam.
the pandas nutrients
The panda helps the forest it lives in by
spreading the bamboo seeds
, giving future
pandas food.
The panda is a
omnivore
Because even though is diet is
99% bamboo
, the other
1% is insects and small rodents
.
The
bamboo plant does not have a lot of nutrients
,

so pandas
have to eat a lot of bamboo
to get the nutrients it needs .
The giant panda food web
As you can see, the giant
panda is only prey to two animals
, the jackal and the snow leopard.
Threats
As mentioned before,
deforestation
is the main reason why the panda's habitat is almost gone.
Besides us humans, pandas have to worry about other
predators
such as jackals and leopards.
Since there is
less bamboo
in the higher elevations were they are forced to live, they have to compete for the bamboo.
Threats
Human persecution of the giant panda is a main reason.
Pochering
is still a major threat because a Giant Panda is worth about
1 million dollars
each, some more.
These threats clearly affect the panda population, since there is approximately
only 1000 pandas left in the wild
, a very little amount.
Threats
A little over 1 billion
people
live in china, also home of the beloved panda. More people means
more space needed
, more food, and resources,
taking up the space of the pandas environment
.

The
World Wildlife Fund
has developed a
conservation plan
for the pandas. The plan includes
14 new panda reserves
and five areas that will connect patches of panda habitat.
They are also creating
breeding centers
to increase the number of pandas in the wild.
solutions For Pandas
Even though efforts to help the panda are being made, some don't work very well. This is because the
giant panda is slow at reproducing
. Also In the wild, if the mother has two cubs one will only survive.

I think that
pandas still have a chance if we help them
. We can do this by not wasting paper, but
recycling
it. The pandas need our help; we can donate money to help buy equipment to help
conserve the giant panda habitat
and therefore,
help the Giant Panda not only survive, but thrive.
panda Fun facts
People are now understanding the importance of saving these
precious animals.
works cited
"History of the Giant Panda Bear." History of the Giant Panda Bear. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

"Giant Panda." Facts. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

"Giant Pandas, Giant Panda Pictures, Giant Panda Facts - National Geographic." National Geographic. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Sept. 2014.

WorldWildlife.org. World Wildlife Fund, n.d. Web. 26 Sept. 2014.

Bradford, By Alina. "Giant Panda Facts." LiveScience. TechMedia Network, 26 Sept. 2014. Web. 29 Sept. 2014.

Closing remarks
This project has showed me, and hopefully others, that the giant panda is a species worth saving.
till next time.
Humans are
damaging the environment
. We destroy ecosystems and habitats; building new homes for humans, but at what cost?
Species are going
extinct
,
and among those affected is the Giant Panda.
Yet there is still hope. The Giant Panda, and many other animals, can still be saved.
Therefore, it is important to educate the public so we can remove the Giant Panda and many others from the endangered species list; since they are all animals worth saving.
An unusual characteristic that the giant panda has is that both male and female pandas have a
scent gland underneath their short tail
. Pandas scent mark trees, rocks, bamboo, and bushes.
The San Diego Zoo has discovered that "another
panda can detect
the sex, age, reproductive condition, social status, and even
individual identity of the scent maker—
as well as how long that scent has been there." That's pretty impressive!
The
forest is damp and misty
to help vegetation growth.
The forest contains
many different types of bamboo
for pandas to eat.
The habitat of the giant pandas covers
over 20,000 square kilometers
.
Humans
are the number one
threat
to giant pandas.
solutions for pandas
In China,
pandas are considered national treasures
, and
loved world wide
.
"Mammals | Giant Panda." Giant Panda. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Sept. 2014.
http://animals.sandiegozoo.org/animals/giant-panda
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