Giant panda A scientific presentation by Emma, Amelia and Nikita!
Where they live? • Giant pandas live in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. They once lived in lowland areas, but farming, forest clearing, and other development now restrict giant pandas to the mountains.
Description • The giant panda, a black-and-white bear, has a body typical of bears. It has black fur on ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, and shoulders. The rest of the animal's coat is white. • About the size of an American black bear, giant pandas stand between two and three feet tall at the shoulder (on all four legs), and reach four to six feet long. Males are larger than females, weighing up to 250 pounds in the wild. Females rarely reach 220 pounds.
Life cycle • A newborn panda cub weighs only 90-130gr. and is about the size of a stick of butter. • The panda cub is 1/900th the size of its mother, one of the smallest newborn mammals relative to its mother's size. • Pandas are dependent on their mothers for the first few months of their lives and are fully weaned at 8 to 9 months. • Most pandas leave their mothers when she conceives again, usually at about 18 months. • A panda's average life span in the wild is 14-20 years (but a panda can live up to 30 years in captivity). (this information was sourced from the WWF website!)
What is being done to save them?!?!?!?!? • China currently has about 1,000 giant pandas in the wild, most of them living on the mountains around the Sichuan Basin, southwest China according to the Ministry of Forestry.