I was amazed once more by your knowledge and care for the environment and people in need. I am so proud of you and it is such an honor to read your wonderful comments with good advices and suggestions on how to save water and help people. Thanks to all of you for participating in the conversation and hopefully we have taught something new to the other little pandas.
Today, I would like to write about something dear to all of our hearts – Pandas! Do you know that Panda is one of most endangered animal on the planet? The giant panda is the rarest member of the bear family and is one of the world’s most threatened animals. It is has been a symbol for one of the most recognized organization in the world for animal welfare – The World Wide Life since its founding in 1961 (see: http://www.worldwildlife.org/species/finder/giantpanda/panda.html) There are only about 2,500 of them living in the nature and a few lives in zoos such as the San Diego Zoo. (http://www.sandiegozoo.org/pandacam/)
Why are there only so few Pandas left? You probably could have guessed from the previous articles that the greatest threat to nature is ….. ourselves! Yes, yes, it is sad, but unfortunately human being is guilty of most problems. The main reason for the Panda extinction is loss of habitat due to human activities such as road buildings that lead to deforestation. In addition, can you imagine there are also people that will hunt the panda for its furs? Sadly, it happens. Panda is very special also because it is very difficult to have baby pandas due to its natural low fertility but high mortality rate. So every baby panda conceived and born are like miracles.
Just look at this picture of a baby panda. It is about a week old. Most pandas only weigh about 75-150 grams when they are born. Of course, we all know with time, the weight goes up to much higher. Although panda is a prey animal but it feeds itself almost exclusively with bamboo shoots. Can you guess how much bamboo shoots it need to eat on a given day? For adult pandas, they can eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo! Can you imagine such a number? I’d probably burst or turned into a balloon and flew above the clouds. The reason why pandas need to eat that much bamboo is because the bamboo shoots do not contain too many nutrients so they had to eat a lot to grow. And to be able to eat that much in a day, panda spends a minimum of 12 hours a day eating! So chances are when you spot a panda in the wild or at the zoo, it will be chewing on a bamboo shoot.
Now that you have learned a bit more about pandas, I want to hear your thoughts about panda or any other endangered species that you care deeply about. Maybe you can suggest ways that we can live our lives without harming the nature and the animals that we share the planet with.
I look forward to read your comments.
Love and peace,