Animal of the Week: The Giant Panda
The Giant Panda
Considered an endangered species with less than 2500 mature bears in the wild, the Giant Panda is native to the high mountainous area of Central China in six isolated forest areas located near the Shaanxi, Sichuan and Gansu provinces. While the Giant Panda can be just as dangerous as other bears, they are mostly vegetarians with 99% of their diets consisting of the stems and leaves of bamboo. Adults range from 4 to 6 feet long and can weigh up to 350 lbs. Habitat destruction is the greatest threat to the survival of the species, but with the help of conservationist organizations like World Wildlife Fund the Giant Panda has a good chance of survival.