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Monday, 16 April, 2012 - 09:33

Protecting the Giant Panda

by JoEditor

The giant panda is everyone’s best friend. They are cute, cuddly and lots of fun. In China the word for panda is 大熊貓 (dà xióng māo), meaning “large bear cat", and they are famous around the world for eating bamboo and for their soft black and white fur. But recently they have been counted and there are only about 1600 left in the wild. So why are there so few remaining?

Pandas like to live in quiet bamboo forests away from humans. But their habitat (the bamboo forest) is also wanted by people to build roads and homes to live. Because of this their habitat is becoming smaller and there is less space for pandas to find food and shelter.

Pandas have now been named an endangered species, this means that there is a chance there could be no more left in the wild if we don’t look after them.  But being an endangered species means they receive a lot of protection and many people are working to help them find the right habitat.

Many pandas now live in nature reserves where their habitat is protected. In a nature reserve people cannot build roads or houses or cut down the pandas bamboo forests. This gives them more space to move around and find food without coming into contact with humans.

These nature reserves are helping pandas to find enough food and shelter to live safely. Thanks to their creation, the number of pandas in the wild is slowly increasing and it is hoped they will continue to grow in number to reach a safe level again.

Did you know?
The panda makes its home in bamboo forests in southwest China.
Pandas love bamboo. They will eat for half the day and 99% of their diet is made up of bamboo.
Pandas are an endangered species. This means they are on a list of animals that need to be protected.
There are now only about 1600 pandas left in the wild.

Do you think it is important to protect the giant panda?


Do you like pandas? Do you know anything about endangered species?

Submitted by ThanhBong on Fri, 07/10/2020 - 14:50

Yes, I do. I know many other endangered species like tigers, elephants

Submitted by MinhTan on Fri, 07/10/2020 - 05:00

I love animals and want to protect endangered species. When I was a kid, I liked drawing animals such as tigers, elephants, dogs, cats, butterflies and pandas.I really love pandas because of their distinctive eyes.

Submitted by thuchien on Wed, 06/24/2020 - 04:21

I love pandas. An endangered species is one whose numbers are so small that it is at risk of extinction. I think we should do some activities to protect them. For instance, we can share films, photos and articles about those species with friends, family
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Submitted by Yennhi on Sun, 06/21/2020 - 03:44

Yes I really like pandas, they look so cute and adorable. I haven't seen them in real life but I think they are nice and kind animals. They deserve our attention and protection, There are many endangered species nowadays. All of them are very important creatures, so please take care of them for a beautiful future

Submitted by thaoyen258 on Fri, 06/19/2020 - 09:28

I like pandas. They are very cute. But now panda is one of the rarest and most endangered species in the world, so that we should take care and protect them as soon as possible to keep the nature more beautiful and diverse
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