Pandas around China


The giant panda bear is originally from central-western and south western parts of China. It is a unique animal, popular for having a black and white fur and black patches around the eyes. They live in the central mountains in the Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. The panda is one of the conservation reliant endangered species with around just 240 pandas living in captivity in the People’s Republic of China and 30 living outside the country in Zoo’s. The measure of an adult panda takes between 1.20 meters and 1.80 with a weigh up to 160 kg (females 20% less than males). At the birth, a panda has a weight of just around 150 grams.

The animal of China has always been the Dragon but nowadays the panda is used in international context to represent the Chinese population. The panda is a mammal that is able to climb but stays in terrestrial areas and does not hibernate as other bears do. Their diet consists exclusively of bamboo but it is truth that they have the digestive system of a carnivore. The big size and round face are some signs for their bamboo diet so as his lower metabolic rate. The limited energy input diet reduces its social interaction and movements.


Young pandas in Beijing Zoo

It is essential to try to preserve the panda around the world and especially in China. For that reason we can find the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, located in the southwest province of Sichuan that covers seven natural reserves for this bear. In 1958 the Wolong National Nature Reserve was set up by the government in order to safe and protect pandas but at the end the animal suffers because in was cage.

The efforts for the conservation of pandas are now better in China than they were twenty years ago.

You can find in China a lot of Zoo’s that care about pandas like for example the Beijing Zoo, Shanghai Zoo, the Bifengxia Panda Base, Ya’an, Sichuan, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Chengdu, Sichuan, the Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong National Nature Reserve in Sichuan and the Ocean park in Hong Kong.


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