The Importance Of Giant Pandas

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Imagine going on a vacation to the beautiful country of Australia. Australia has many adventures to offer but all you can think about is that you get the chance to be up close and personal with a koala bear. Unfortunately when you arrive to Australia, you find out that you are no longer able to see the koala bear because it is now extinct. With the rate of extinction today, our favorite animals may be gone within the next century. It may seem like this is a long time away but because of human activity and other contributing factors, the world and the lifespan of species are worsening. If nothing is done to help these animals’ environments, we may no longer be exposed to these animals our future and our kid’s future. It is important to …show more content…
The book Endangered Animals, edited by Richard P. Reading and Brian Miller, point out that the giant panda rate has been declining for centuries and the rates are getting higher and faster as time passes by. Giant pandas are now classified in the category as critically endangered and are one of the most endangered mammals in the world (Reading and Miller 113). The giant pandas’ habitat is located mainly in central China in temperate forests that are supported by dense strands of bamboo. These dense strands of bamboo are extremely critical for the giant pandas’ environment because it is what they rely on for their daily nutrition. Although bamboo is great for the giant pandas, it also is a reason why giant pandas are critically endangered. Every 40-100 years the bamboo dies off. After dying off, it takes twenty years for the bamboo to grow back to the required size for the giant panda, which leads to a local food shortage (Reading and Miller 113). Along with having to wait for the bamboo to grow back, pandas also have to worry about the rapidly growing human population. By the population getting larger, the giant pandas habitat shrinks and it is harder for them to survive. These are not the only setbacks giant pandas have to face. Lifeng Zhu, who studies at the Chinese Academy of services for Animal Ecology and Conservation Biology, lists four main contributing factors to the extinction of giant pandas. First is fragmentation, which is when parts of the habitat are broken into separate pieces. Second is absence of evolutionary potential, which is the lack of genetic traits among the animal. Third is low reproduction rate, which means there is a low chance of the giant pandas reproducing (Zhu 1300). Giant pandas are approaching extinction, although they are just one of thousands of animals that are going through this. However, these are

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