Why are pandas endangered?

Pandas are endangered due to habitat loss.  They feed almost exclusively on bamboo, making them the only members of the Carnivore order that don’t eat meat. Large pandas need to eat 35 kilograms (80 pounds) of bamboo every day, as as their habitat shrinks it becomes harder for them to find enough food.

As demand for farm land and paper has increased, logging has destroyed much of the panda’s woodland habitat. Thankfully cutting down trees in the panda’s habitat has now been outlawed, but as their habitat has shrunk so dramatically it might be difficult for them to make a comeback.

Pandas are also slow breeders, only giving birth every 2 – 15 years. This makes it hard for panda populations to recover, but there are several rehabilitation and breeding centres in China to help speed up the process.

Pandas play a crucial role in China’s forest ecosystem. They help spread seeds which encourages forest growth, helping feed other woodland animals like golden monkeys, crested ibis and dwarf blue sheep.

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