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In the wild, the Giant Panda is a terrestrial animal and primarily spends its life roaming and feeding in the bamboo forests of the Qinling Mountains and in the hilly Sichuan Province. The Giant Panda is an endangered species, threatened by continued habitat loss and by a very low birthrate, both in the wild and in captivity. The Giant Panda has been a target for poaching by locals since ancient times, and by foreigners since it was introduced to the West.

The Red Panda is a small arboreal mammal and the only species of the genus Ailurus. Slightly larger than a domestic cat, it has reddish-brown fur, a long, shaggy tail, and a waddling gait due to its shorter front legs. It eats mainly bamboo, but is omnivorous and may also eat eggs, birds, insects, and small mammals. It is a solitary animal, mainly active from dusk to dawn, and is largely sedentary during the day.


Overview of the Panda

Overview of the Panda

The Giant Panda, also known simply as the panda, is a species of bear native to China. While the dragon has traditionally been China’s national emblem, the panda has also served this role, especially recently.

The scientific name of the giant panda literally means “black and white cat-foot”. Although it belongs to the order Carnivora, the panda has a diet that is 99% bamboo. It consumes between 20 to 30 pounds of bamboo shoots a day. Due to the fact that all bamboo within a species has synchronized regeneration, flowering and death, the Giant Panda must have at least two different species available in its range to avoid starvation.

Due to the panda’s appearance, it is often assumed to be harmless. However, it has been known to attack humans out of irritation. Full grown pandas measure 5 feet long and 2.5 feet tall at the shoulder, and can weigh up to 330 pounds. The panda also has the second longest tail in the bear family, with a tail length of up to 6 inches. The Giant Panda's paw has a thumb and five fingers. Despite the shared name, habitat type, and diet, and shared sixth digit, the Giant Panda and Red Panda are only distantly related.

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