Panda Case Study

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Register to read the introduction… [The Bear Planet Facts, 2006] Bamboo contains very little nutritional value, so pandas must eat 12-38kg every day to meet their energy needs Pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses, wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion. [World Wide Fund, n.d.] In zoos, giant pandas eat bamboo, sugar cane, rice gruel, a special high-fiber biscuit, carrots, apples, and sweet potatoes. Wild giant pandas get much of the water they need from bamboo, a grass whose contents are about half water. (New bamboo shoots are about 90 percent water.) But giant pandas need more water than what bamboo alone can provide. So almost every day wild pandas also drink fresh water from rivers and streams that are fed by melting snowfall in high mountain peaks [Smithsonian National Zoo-Park, 2008]

Social Structure and Reproduction
Giant pandas are generally solitary, each adult having a well-defined
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The average personal income in China has risen by five per cent a year since the mid 1990s [Science Daily, 2012]. The income increase combined with the growing population and industries has led to a constant economic growth. In the last 30 years, the rate of Chinese economic growth has been miraculous, averaging 8 percent growth in Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per annum. The economy has grown more than 10 times during that period, with Chinese GDP reaching 3.42 trillion US dollars in 2007. [Economy Watch, 2010] The United States has the world's largest economy by GDP, according to the World Bank. Yet, China's fast-growing economy should surpass that of the US around 2050 to become the world's largest [Trade Economics, n.d.]. Forecasts for 2015 predict China’s GDP to reach US$ 9,982.08 billion, growing 10-12 percent per year between 2010 and 2015 [Economy Watch, 2010]. This growth has had a direct effect on the natural world of

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