What kind of animal is a panda (giant panda)? Explanation of characteristics, ecology, and habitat


What kind of animal is a panda (giant panda)? We will introduce and explain information about the characteristics, ecology, habitat, and individual protection. Although pandas are used as a tool for Chinese diplomacy, they are actually classified as an endangered species and are extremely dangerous. In this article, we will explain what kind of pandas there are.

What is a panda (giant panda)? About basic status

Pandas are animals that belong to the mammalian order Felina (carnivora). Pandas consist of red pandas and giant pandas. The scientific name is Ailuropoda melanoleuca. The body length is 120-150cm and the weight is 100kg. For red pandas, please refer to the article below.

scientific name(学名)Ailuropoda melanoleuca
classification(分類)Mammalia、 Carnivora、Ursidae、Ailuropoda
Length(体長)120 – 150cm

About classification

The genus giant panda consists of one and no other. There used to be a family called Pandaidae, but it has been abolished in recent years.

About the giant panda’s habitat

Giant pandas are distributed in southwestern China, including Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces.

feature is? What kind of creature is it?

Giant pandas have distinct black and white bodies, and their limbs are short, with five fingers on each side, and the claws on their front legs are longer than their hind legs. Their fur is thick and fluffy, and they also have fur on the soles of their feet, which helps protect them from the cold. Pandas tend to be active during the day and night, but they live in mountainous areas with bamboo forests. They generally live alone and do not form groups or families. Unlike other bears, they do not hibernate.

What is your personality like?

Giant pandas are gentle and go at their own pace. They do not compete with other animals for food.

What is the ecology of giant pandas?

Giant pandas often eat young bamboo shoots and bamboo shoots, spending nearly half of their day eating around 10kg of bamboo. The breeding season is from March to May. The gestation period is 50 days, and females can give birth to 2-3 offspring at a time. Their eyes open about three weeks after birth, and they become independent after one and a half to two years. The lifespan is said to be around 30 years.

What is the giant panda’s natural enemy?

Giant pandas have no natural enemies. Because of this, I often live my life at my own pace.

Are giant pandas an endangered species?

Giant pandas are designated as an endangered species and are listed on Appendix I of the Washington Convention. The number of pandas continues to decrease due to the following reasons. It is estimated that there are only about 1,600 individuals.

Habitat loss and destruction

Environmental destruction is a problem in China. Furthermore, land development in East Asia has been rapid since the 2010s, and the number of places where pandas can live is rapidly decreasing due to agriculture, development, and deforestation. Many sanctuaries have been established and panda research and breeding programs are underway.

Can giant pandas be bred?

Giant pandas are an endangered species and are also listed in Appendix I of the Washington Convention, so international trade is strictly restricted and breeding is extremely difficult.


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