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How do pandas adapt to their environment?

Katherine Je

on 8 January 2015

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Transcript of Pandas

The Question:
So how did pandas adapt to their environment?
Well, from our presentation, we showed you that pandas adapted by eating more plants, a large amount of it being bamboo, even though they are/used to be carnivores. We also explained that since pandas eat bamboo a lot, that is why they have a 6th finger.
They eat - on average - 19 kilograms (41.8878 lb) of bamboo per day
A Panda's environment
Where do Pandas live?
Pandas prefer to live in cool, damp, isolated habitats. They may climb to 11,000 feet of altitude to find their ideal habitat.
How have pandas adapted to their environment?
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Pandas have also, because of the large amounts of bamboo that they eat, developed a sixth finger. This 6th finger is to help grasp onto the bamboo that they are eating.
As you can
see here
Pandas are very shy
Fun Facts
Pandas are considered "living fossils" because they have been on the earth for around 3 million years
Because of humans needing more space to build homes, Pandas have been reduced down to very small, and very few places. So, most of the places they live now have lots of bamboo. Now because they're surrounded by bamboo, pandas have adapted to eating that instead of meat. But even though they eat bamboo now, they still do occasionally eat meat.
Pandas can swim
Look, it's a panda playing the flute!
More Facts
Where the Giant Panda lives
In the wild, pandas will usually spend 11-14 hours a day eating.

A panda's diet consists of more than 99% of bamboo and less than 1% of meat
Pandas survived through the ice age
They used to eat meat, but when their habitat changed, so did their diet
Usually pandas like to live alone in high altitudes, because of this they have to climb a lot to find the perfect environment.
The Sixth Finger
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