~ Giant Panda Bear Facts
~ According to a recent World Conservation Union report, the Giant Panda remains one of the worlds most threatened bear species, and is in need of the most urgent conservation action.
~ Where do Panda Bears live ?
~ The Giant Panda only lives in south central China in the temperate zone bamboo forests.
~ The Pandas live in a few mountain ranges in China's Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces. They no longer live in the lowland areas, because they are restricted to mountain areas due to forest clearing, farming and other development needs.
~ The Giant Panda Bears live in coniferous and broadleaf forests, with a dense undergrowth of Bamboo, in the mountains between 5,000 and 10,000 feet (1500 to 3000 meters)
~ A feature of these forests is that they are often shrouded in heavy clouds or dense mists throughout the year.
~ What do Panda Bears eat ?
~ The Giant Panda's diet consists almost exclusively of Bamboo (99 percent!). The remainder is made up of other grasses, and sometimes small rodents or other small animals.
~ In captivity, they are fed on Bamboo, sugar cane, special high fiber cakes, carrots, apples, sweet potatoes and a rice gruel.
~ What is the Panda Bear Population ?
~ A recent survey carried out by the Chinese State Forestry Administration found that only approximately 1,600 Panda Bears remain in the wild.
~ Approximately 140 Giant Pandas live in zoos and breading centers around the world, but mostly in China.
~ Why are the Giant Pandas Endangered ?
~ The main reason for the reduction in the Giant Panda Bears population is habitat destruction and degradation. This is despite the provision of nearly 60 Giant Panda Bear reserves, widespread reforestation initiatives, and a ban on logging.