I dedicate my book to Kate Karmen!



I chose Giant Pandas as my topic because I was interested in learning about them and how to save them. As you know, Giant Pandas are endangered, and I want to help them. These creatures deserve to live too. I was also interested in how they were endangered and how I can teach people to help them. Even do the littlest thing like not littering. I hope you learn a lot throughout my book, and I also hope you learn how to help Giant Pandas. ENJOY!

Dedication and Introduction

1  Intro and Dedication

 

3-8  Chapter 1: Life

Cycle

 

 

8-13 Chapter 2: Habitat

 

 

14-19 Chapter 3: Threats and How to Save GiantPandas

 

 

20 Glossary

 

 

21 Bibliography

Table of Contents

Did you know that when giant pandas are born they are pink, blind, and helpless? Then they grow up to be these big creatures that can help the world. With only about 1600 giant pandas left, we need your help! Just like every other person panda’s go through stages; newborn, cub hood, and adulthood.

 

 

 

 

 

Life Cycle of Giant Pandas

Every panda starts out like a newborn. Usually, a giant panda gives birth every two years to one cub. That means that the reproductive rate is very slow, and that is one reason there is not a lot of pandas. When a panda is first born it is about three to five ounces. The panda is also usually four to seven inches long, about the size of a stick of butter! When these little creatures are born,  they are pink. They have a little fuzz on them, but not much. Newborn pandas can not do much except cry because they are blind and can not walk. Once the panda is about one week old, it starts to develop black spots on its body, and it develops a full coat of black and white pattern fur. When the cub is three months old, it is just starting to crawl, and four months the small cub can run a few steps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


After about four months the panda has moved on to cubhood. One step closer to independence! Once a panda is in the stage of cubhood it is starting to accomplish much more. At about 72 to 76 days the pandas eyes have fully opened and there first teeth start to erupt. When the cub is six months old the cub is going to start eating solids. At five months the panda is able to run a few steps. By the time the panda is eight months the panda is fully weaned to bamboo. The first few months the panda was getting milk from the mother. By this the panda is starting to become cuter, it is getting bigger and is getting fluffier!

 

 

 

Next is independance, the panda is fully grown and is ready for independence from about one to two years. A full grown panda is 1.2 to 1.8 meters long, and is 220 to 250 pounds. The tail of a full grown panda is 13 centimeters. Although the panda does not leave the mother until she gets pregnant again, the panda is ready to go out in the wild and live its life on its own. Pandas spend 14 hours a day eating and eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo! Pandas can live 14 to 20 years in the wild and up to 35 years in capacity. When a panda is one years old it starts to lose all of its baby teeth.

 

 

   

 Independence, the panda, is fully grown and is ready for independence from about one to two years. A full grown panda is 1.2 to 1.8 meters long and is 220 to 250 pounds. The tail of a full grown panda is 13 centimeters. Although the panda does not leave the mother until she gets pregnant again, the panda is ready to go out in the wild and live its life on its own. Pandas spend 14 hours a day eating and eat up to 40 pounds of bamboo! Pandas can live 14 to 20 in the wild and up to 35 years in capacity. When a panda is one year, old it starts to lose all of its baby teeth.

 

 

Just like an ordinary person a giant panda goes through three stages; newborn, cub hood, and independence. Giant Pandas are endangered and going extinct. We need your help to save these creatures. There lives matter too!

 

Just like us, these pandas need a home, a place to stay and keep protected. Although we know where these pandas are located, China, there are only a few places in China that pandas can stay so that they are protected, and have the resources they need to live. Almost all pandas are now located in two bamboo forests; the Qinling and Minshan. These two mountain ranges provide all of the correct resources that the pandas need to live. In this chapter I will be talking about the places where they live, what protection they have and why they live in the areas that they live in.

 

 

 

 

Habitat

   Giant pandas used to be widespread across southern and eastern China, as well as Myanmar and northern Vietnam. These pandas are now restricted to 20 isolated patches of bamboo, in six mountain ranges in the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces in China. 45% of the living pandas live in the Minshan bamboo forest, this forest is very wet and has a ton of bamboo. All most pandas eat is bamboo. Another forest that pandas live in is the Qinling forest.  This forest is also very wet and has a lot of bamboo. The main reason this forest is wet is because of the Yangtze and the Yellow River run through that forest.

 

 

Our houses act a protection for us, the habitat of pandas are there protection. Because of the low population of pandas we need to try our bests to keep these pandas safe. There are over 27 panda reserves in the mountains. These reserves help keep pandas and other wildlife safe from poachers and other dangerous acts that could possibly kill them. The mountains also act as protection. The mountains are most likely very hard to cross. Especially with the rain the rain with make these mountains slippery and even harder to cross. The pandas love this type of climate, it is good for pandas but not so good for humans. Another thing for protection could be the bamboo. There is a ton of bamboo, that could act as another obstacle that humans have to overcome.

 

 

 

 

Why? Why do giant pandas live in the areas that they do? There are many reasons for this. First of all, giant pandas need bamboo. In the places where giant pandas are there is a ton of bamboo, giant pandas eat a ton of bamboo, up to 45 pounds a day! Another reason is the population of China. China's population has had a huge increase into the areas that giant pandas used to live in. Now these pandas are restricted to these small locations. Third, the climate of the mountains that pandas live in. The climate of these mountains are very wet and misty and also have a lot of trees and plants. This climate is the climate that pandas are best living in. Also, this climate is the best to grow bamboo. Lastly, pandas are endangered. These pandas need to live in a safe and protected area. They also need to live in an area that is best for them, so the population of these animals does not decrease even more.

 

 

 

 

 

Pandas are endangered, they need a place to stay too, so the population does not decrease. Just like us they need a home. China is the only place that giant pandas can stay. The climate, the weather, and the supply of bamboo all play a huge factor in a giant panda's habitat. All of the information you need to know about the habitat, protection of giant pandas, and why they live where they do was in this chapter!

 

 

 

Giant Pandas are becoming extinct, with only about 1,600 left, we need your help. Believe it or not, it is not just humans that are causing giant pandas to become extinct; it is the environment too. We also need your help to keep our environment clean, so things like this don't happen anymore. Humans and the environment play a significant role in the pandas being endangered, so we need your help. Trust me there are many ways for us humans to save Giant Pandas.

 

               

Threats and How to Save Giant Pandas

The environment is one of the reasons that Giant Pandas are going extinct. Climate change is a huge reason. Giant pandas live in the mountains and with Global Warming, the mountains are starting to change. Giant pandas need to live in the area that they do because that is where the bamboo can grow, giant pandas live on giant pandas live in one of the only areas where bamboo can grow in big bunches. Extreme natural disasters is another reason pandas are becoming extinct. When extreme natural disasters hit it changes the climate, and it also ruins there habitat, trees fall, and landslides happen, and trees can fall on pandas! Pandas have one baby every one to two years, part of the reason that there is not a lot of pandas. The slow reproduction of pandas and the fact that they are dying is even worse. One of the biggest reasons pandas are becoming extinct is the predators. There are many predators to pandas. One of the reasons there should be a more protected area in the mountains is so pandas can hide from predators.

 

   Although the environment plays a big role in the reason pandas are endangered, humans are the biggest reason. There are much more reasons why humans impact pandas than there are how the environment impact the lives of pandas. One of the reasons why human impact the pandas are poaching. Poaching is illegal especially when kill animals that are endangered or there are many few of them left. Mass tourism is another huge reason pandas are becoming extinct. The amount of people who visit China every year is huge. Visitors to China also go to see the pandas and their habitat. This could be wreaking the pandas habitat even more than it already is. Also, the population, the visitors and the population of China combined are more than pandas can handle. Another huge reason is hydropower facilities. These facilities could be letting of pollution, but they can also be being built on pandas land.

 

 

   Although there are many reasons why pandas are being harmed, there are also many ways that we can help. The easiest way that you can help is not to hurt vegetation. This means do not litter. Giant pandas live on bamboo and if all of it dies the pandas will die too! Another easy way is to stop poaching! Giant pandas deserve to live to and if all of the pandas dies of poaching, not only is it illegal but it is cruel. How would you feel if humans die out because they all got killed? Also, if you ever go to China to see the pandas, I know they are cute, but please do not bother their habitats or them. It is bad if you bother them, but it is even worse if you disrupt their habitat. Lastly, DONATE, donating to many of the funds that are helping pandas is one of the biggest ways you can help pandas. These funds will help build more protected area, and it will also help the pandas get all of the supplies they need to live. Please Donate to many of the fund out there to help pandas!

 

 

   Please help! There are not many giant pandas left in this world, and we need them to stay alive. Believe it or not, humans are not the only reason pandas are becoming extinct, the environment is part of the reason. We need your help to keep the environment as clean as possible for the pandas. The environment and humans play a significant role in why pandas are becoming extinct, so we need your help. KEEP PANDAS ALIVE!

 

 

Accomplish- to do something new, to do something you have been trying to get

Capacity- a protected area

Decrease- to lose

Extinct- no longer alive, none left

Global Warming- climate change

Helpless- can not do anything, can not protect themselves

Impact- effect

Isolated- alone, separated from other animals

Ordinary- Normal

Poachers- people that kill animals, hunters

Reproductive- to make more of something, to copy

Reserves- a secure place

Tourism- someone that is and is looking at attractions

Vegetation- the act of farming

Widespread- spread out over a wide space

Glossary

“Giant Panda - Ailuropoda Melanoleuca - Overview - Encyclopedia of Life.” Encyclopedia of Life. Web. 18 Feb. 2016.
“Giant Panda Habitat, Panda Habitat Protection, Where Do Giant Pandas Live in China.” ChinaHighlights. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
“Habitat Of Giant Panda: Where The Giant Pandas Live.” Web. 23 Feb. 2016.
“Habitat: The Land of the Panda.” Web. 22 Feb. 2016.
“Life Cycle Of the Giant Pandas- from Birth to Death.” ChinaHighlights. Web. 17 Feb. 2016.
“Lifestyle Of the Giant Panda &Amp; Its Endangerment.” Web. 18 Feb. 2016.
“Threats To Giant Pandas.” Web. 26 Feb. 2016.
“Threats To Giant Pandas.” Web. 29 Feb. 2016.
“Save The Giant Pandas.” Web. 29 Feb. 2016.
“Threats To the Survival of the Giant Panda.” Web. 29 Feb. 2016

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