What Animals Eat Bengal Bamboo?

The Giant Panda and Red Panda are animals that eat Bengal Bamboo. Although the Golden Bamboo Lemur has a diet that's almost exclusively bamboo, it is a native of Madagascar and therefore consumes its local species, Giant Bamboo.

Bengal Bamboo is also called Bambusa Tulda. It grows in the Southeast Asian rain forest in scattered patches. It is a long-lived but fast-growing plant that can grow to 80 feet in height and 3 inches in diameter. It is fully grown within two to three months. It grows as undergrowth and helps prevent soil erosion by absorbing the products of heavy rainfall. It also provides shelter for local animals.

Bengal Bamboo has been used extensively in Indian paper production and has also been used to make furniture, baskets, fishing rods, musical instruments and to reinforce concrete structures. Bengal Bamboo has been known to live for up to 40 years.

There are over 1500 different species of bamboo in the world, but only 110 species have known edible shoots. All others are either untested or unfit for human consumption. Rain forests account for two-thirds of the world's vegetation variation and most bamboo grows in these areas. Although Bengal Bamboo is not on the endangered species list, more than an acre of rain forest disappears every second.