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I thinks I knows it!! Is it a Giant Panda???
- 98 days ago - theanimalrescuesite.com
The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is universally admired for its appealing markings and seemingly gentle demeanour. A member of the bear family, the giant panda is a robust animal with heavy shoulders and a distinctive black and white coat.
Most of the body and belly of the giant panda are white, contrasting sharply with the black ears, black limbs and shoulders, and black patches over the eyes . The male giant panda is slightly larger and heavier than the female.
The giant panda has a relatively large head and large, muscular jaws, while its molars and premolar teeth are wider and flatter than those of other bears, allowing it to grind bamboo. This species is also unusual in having a ‘thumb’, which is actually a modified wrist bone that enables the giant panda to dextrously grasp bamboo stalks.
Two subspecies of giant panda have been recognized on the basis of distinct cranial measurements, color patterns, and population genetics (Wan et al., 2005).
- The nominate subspecies Ailuropoda melanoleuca melanoleuca consists of most extant populations of panda. These animals are principally found in Sichuan and display the typical stark black and white contrasting colors.
- The Qinling Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis is restricted to the Qinling Mountains in Shaanxi at elevations of 1300–3000 m. The typical black and white pattern of Sichuan giant pandas is replaced with a dark brown versus light brown pattern. The skull of A. m. qinlingensis is smaller than its relatives, and it has larger molars.
The giant panda has been a target for poaching by locals since ancient times and by foreigners since it was introduced to the West. Starting in the 1930s, foreigners were unable to poach giant pandas in China because of the Second Sino-Japanese War and the Chinese Civil War, but pandas remained a source of soft furs for the locals. The population boom in China after 1949 created stress on the pandas' habitat, and the subsequent famines led to the increased hunting of wildlife, including pandas. During the Cultural Revolution, all studies and conservation activities on the pandas were stopped. After the Chinese economic reform, demand for panda skins from Hong Kong and Japan led to illegal poaching for the black market, acts generally ignored by the local officials at the time.
Though the Wolong National Nature Reserve was set up by the PRC government in 1958 to save the declining panda population, few advances in the conservation of pandas were made, owing to inexperience and insufficient knowledge of ecology. Many believed that the best way to save the pandas was to cage them. As a result, pandas were caged at any sign of decline, and suffered from terrible conditions. Because of pollution and destruction of their natural habitat, along with segregation caused by caging, reproduction of wild pandas was severely limited. In the 1990s, however, several laws (including gun control and the removal of resident humans from the reserves) helped the chances of survival for pandas. With these renewed efforts and improved conservation methods, wild pandas have started to increase in numbers in some areas, even though they still are classified as a rare species.
In 2006, scientists reported that the number of pandas living in the wild may have been underestimated at about 1,000. Previous population surveys had used conventional methods to estimate the size of the wild panda population, but using a new method that analyzes DNA from panda droppings, scientists believe that the wild panda population may be as large as 3,000. Although the species is still endangered, it is thought that the conservation efforts are working. In 2006, there were 40 panda reserves in China, compared to just 13 reserves two decades ago.
The giant panda is among the world's most adored and protected rare animals, and is one of the few in the world whose natural inhabitant status was able to gain a UNESCO World Heritage Site designation. The Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries, located in the southwest Sichuan province and covering seven natural reserves, were inscribed onto the World Heritage List in 2006.
Not all conservationists agree that the money spent on conserving pandas is money well spent. Chris Packham has argued that breeding pandas in captivity is "pointless" because "there is not enough habitat left to sustain them".Packham argues that the money spent on pandas would be better spent elsewhere, and has said that he would "eat the last panda if I could have all the money we have spent on panda conservation put back on the table for me to do more sensible things with," though he has apologized for upsetting people who like pandas. He points out that "The panda is possibly one of the grossest wastes of conservation money in the last half century."
In 2012, Earthwatch Institute, a global non-profit that teams volunteers with scientists to conduct important environmental research, launched a program called "On the Trail of Giant Panda." This program, based in the Wolong National Nature Reserve, allows volunteers to work up close with pandas cared for in captivity, and help them adapt to life in the wild, so that they may breed, and live longer and healthier lives.
- Six Captive-Bred Giant Pandas To Be Released In China | Care2 ...
- Jan 2, 2012 ... Pandas have been endangered for over 30 years. Next week, six panda pioneers will begin the journey back into their native habitat.
- Can the Giant Panda be Saved? | Care2 Healthy Living
- Apr 2, 2012 ... Habitat loss and slow natural reproduction have landed pandas on the endangered list. At China's Wolong Nature Reserve, scientists oversee ...
- Protect the Giant Pandas - The Petition Site
- In China, Giant Pandas are sufforing from starvation and habitat loss do to the clearing of Bamboo. (391 signatures on petition)
- Animals & Pets: The Giant Panda Group on Care2
- The Giant Panda: Today,i founded this group for the giant panda so that those who respect and appreciate this amazing animals may understand him better ...
- Pandas' Existence Threatened by Global Warming - The Petition Site
- Global climate change affects every inhabitant of our planet, and some - like giant pandas - can't speak up to protect plant life they need to survive. Recent ...
- giant pandas - Animals - giant pandas - Animals - Care2 News ...
- Three-year-old female panda Fu Ni eats bamboo at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Breeding Center in Ya'an, China's Sichuan province Thursday Nov. 26, 2009.
- Giant Pandas Sweetie And Sunlight Prepare For British Debut ...
- Nov 13, 2011 ... Tian Tian (Sweetie) and Yang Guang (Sunlight) will be the first giant pandas to come to Britain for almost 20 years; they arrive at Edinburgh Zoo ...
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- Giant Panda Gives Birth to Male-Female Twins in NW China ... The first giant panda born through artificial fertilization in northwest China's Shaanxi Province ...
- Plight Of The Giant Panda: Animals Struggle After Quake - Care2 ...
- May 11, 2009 ... People across China's Sichuan province continue to rebuild their lives one year after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake leveled some towns and ...
Thanks for all of the great info on the bears, Nyack!!
Oh Dang...Wanted to take my mind off of things and Kimmy You got this ! Fooey!!! But...sweetie Congratulations to you...gotta love those BIG PANDAS ~ so wish I could take one to bed with me...Ummm keep me warm! Hugs and Thank you Nyack for the information...sadly I got Beat by Kim Rats!!! %#&!*%
Petition Signed. Well done Kim. Thanks Nyack
Petition signed...Congrats Kim!...Thanx Nyack