Why Are Giant Pandas Endangered?


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Habitat loss is one of the main reasons why the population of giant pandas in the wild remains low and the species remains on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature's Red List of Threatened Species. Due to the destruction of the giant panda's natural habitat, they also lose access to their supply of bamboo, which makes up a huge portion of its diet. Other factors include the low reproductive rates of the species and accidental hunting.

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Giant pandas are endemic to bamboo forests in western China. These creatures are the rarest members of the bear family, and are highly recognizable for their unique black and white coloration. When fully grown, giant pandas measure about two to three feet high when they are on all fours, and up to six feet in length. They can weigh anywhere between 220 to 250 pounds.

Every day giant pandas need to consume about 26 to 84 pounds of bamboo. As more and more of their natural habitat is being eaten up by development, they also lose access to bamboo, which can lead to their starvation. Giant panda bears also have a low reproductive rate, with the females only able to become pregnant for two to three days each year.

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