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Giant Panda Prints

Young giant panda name: cub

Female giant panda: sow

Male giant panda: boar

Giant Panda class: Mammal

The Giant Panda (Chinese: ; Hanyu Pinyin: dxingmo; Tongyong Pinyin: dsyngmao; Wade-Giles: tahsiungmao) (Ailuropoda melanoleuca, literally cat-foot black-and-white) is a bear native to central-western and southwestern China. The Giant Panda was previously thought to be a member of the Procyonidae (raccoon) family. It is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though belonging to the order Carnivora, the Giant Panda has a diet which is 99% bamboo. The Giant Panda may eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, and bananas when available.

The Giant Panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. It once lived in lowland areas, but farming, forest clearing, and other development now restrict the Giant Panda to the mountains.

The Giant Panda is an endangered species and highly threatened. According to the latest report, China has 239 Giant Pandas in captivity and another 27 living outside the country. It also estimated that around 1,590 pandas are currently living in the wild. However, a 2006 study, via DNA analysis, estimated that there might be as many as 2,000 to 3,000 Giant Pandas in the wild. Though reports show that the numbers of wild pandas are on the rise, the International Union for Conservation of Nature believes there is not enough certainty to remove the Giant Panda from the endangered animal list.

While the dragon has historically served as China's national emblem, in recent decades the Giant Panda has also served as an emblem for the country. Its image appears on a large number of modern Chinese commemorative silver, gold, and platinum coins. The species is a favorite of the public, at least in part because many people find that it has a baby-like cuteness. Also, it is usually depicted reclining peacefully eating bamboo, as opposed to hunting, which adds to its image of innocence. Though the Giant Panda is often assumed to be docile, it has been known to attack humans, presumably out of irritation rather than predatory behavior.

The Giant Panda has a black-and-white coat. Adults measure around 1.5 m long and around 75 cm tall, at the shoulder. Males are 10-20% larger than females. Males can weigh up to 115 kg (253 pounds). Females are generally smaller than males, and can occasionally weigh up to 100 kg (220 pounds). The Giant Panda lives in mountainous regions, such as Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi.

The Giant Panda has a body shape typical of bears. It has black fur on its ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, and shoulders. The rest of the animal's coat is white. Although scientists do not know why these unusual bears are black and white, some speculate that the bold coloring provides effective camouflage into its shade-dappled snowy and rocky surroundings. The Giant Panda's thick, wooly coat keeps it warm in the cool forests of its habitat. The Giant Panda has large molar teeth and strong jaw muscles for crushing tough bamboo.

The Giant Panda has a paw, with a humb and five fingers; the thumb is actually a modified sesamoid bone, which helps the Giant Panda to hold bamboo while eating. Stephen Jay Gould used this example in his book of essays concerned with evolution and biology, The Panda's Thumb.

The Giant Panda can usually live to be 25-30 years old in captivity.


Giant Panda Trivia

What do you call a baby giant panda?
Answer: A baby giant panda is called a cub.

What do you call a female giant panda?
Answer: A female giant panda is called a sow.

What do you call a male giant panda?
Answer: A male giant panda is called a boar.

Question: What class is a giant panda in?
Answer: A giant panda is in the mammal class.





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three giant pandas has lunch ...
 
 
 
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giant panda curiously looking...
 
 
 
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hungry giant panda bear eating...
hungry giant panda bear eating...
 
 
 
cute panda bear eating bamboo
cute panda bear eating bamboo
 
 
 
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hungry giant panda bear eating...
 
 
 
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two pandas has lunch giant...
 
 
 
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eating panda
 
 
 
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giant panda eating bamboo
 
 
 
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giant panda eating bamboo lying ...
 
 
 
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giant panda bear eating bamboo
 
 
 
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cub of giant panda bear...