Daily Archive: January 7, 2015

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Panda in history

Chinese discovered giant panda much earlier than the western world. The famous literatures Shangshu and Shijing published about 3,000 years ago in the Western Zhou dynasty named giant panda as “Pi”. Another geographical literature Shanhaijing published 2,500 years ago also read – “The black and whit[……]

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The first giant panda discovered by the western world

In1869, French missionary Armand Pere David obtained a specimen of giant panda from Sichuan. Considering that pandas look like bears, he named it as Ursus melanoleucus A.David (Black-and-white Bear). Later, research has been conducted on the teeth and bones of giant pandas, and found that their char[……]

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Giant Panda’s Food

About 99% of giant panda’s food is bamboo. Bamboo is of low nutritional value and giant pandas can only assimilate 17% of its nutrients. Therefore it takes giant pandas 10 to 12 hours each day eating 15 to 20 kg of bamboo (equivalent to the weight of about 115 apples) in order to intake sufficient c[……]

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Panda Appearance and Characteristics

An adult giant panda is normally 150 cm in length and weighs 80-150kg. Their body colour is a sharp combination of black and white. Black hairs usually grow around its eyes, ears, nose, chest, hands and feet, while the body and tail are in white. The black hairs surrounding its eyes make them look b[……]

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The Bamboo Forest

Giant pandas like to live alone and stay away from the others. A male giant panda has a home range of approximately 6~7 km2. A female giant panda has a home range of around 4~5 km2, but most of its activities occur within an exclusive home range core of 0.3 km2. Old hollow trees within the home rang[……]

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Giant panda’s Habitat

Nowadays, giant panda’s habitats are found in quiet and peaceful places close to water sources with abundance of bamboo supply. The dense mountainous forests not only provide giant pandas with a shelter against their enemies but also a breeding ground. Giant pandas love cool weather and hate hot sea[……]

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Giant Panda Distribution

Currently, Pandas are only found in mountain systems like Min Shan, Qinling Qi, Liang Shan, Daxiang Ling, Xiaoxiang Ling and QiongLai Shan. These mountain systems are located in three Chinese provinces – Sichuan, Shanxi and Gansu respectively. Giant pandas perch mainly at an altitude of 1600 metres[……]

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The origin and evolution of giant panda

Chinese:Da Xiong Mao
English:Giant panda
Scientific Name:Ailuropoda melanoleuca
Class: Mammalia; Order: Carnivora
Conservation Level:Endangered species
Distribution: Sichuan, Gansu, and Shanxi of China

According to fossil records, pandas are found existing as early as 8~9 million years a[……]

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