Troubles for Giant Pandas

Backround Information

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Giant Panda eating bamboo
There are 975 species are endangered and 200 species are threatened and one of those [[#|endangered species]] is the Giant Pandas. For thousands of years, the Giant Pandas and [[#|China]] have been together. Although, over the past couple of years the Pandas have been disappearing rapidly and are down to only about 1600 pandas left in the world. That is including about 160 pandas protected worldwide in the zoos. Endangering the Giant Pandas is not right because the bamboo forests depend on the Giant Pandas to help spread [[#|bamboo seeds]] and the loss of bamboo trees and pandas would affect the people of China greatly, by problems with shelter, greater possibilities for floods and [[#|erosion]]. For many years now, pandas have been on the Endangered or Threatened Species list, of the I.U.C.N. (International Union for the Conservation of Nature). Moreover, mainly the destruction of the bamboo forest is humans: cutting down bamboo, hunting pandas, of capturing them for circuses. There are also ways to help the Giant Pandas, even if their species is disappearing quickly.

Considered Endangered

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700 to 1000 Giant Pandas alive in the world!
When people hear, the word ‘endangered’ people think a species that is near extinction or becoming rare, but what makes the Giant Pandas considered an endangered species. In fact, the Giant Pandas are actually on the ‘I.U.C.N. (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) of Threatened or Endangered Species’ list for many years now. An endangered species is a species that is at the high risk of extinction in the wild. Lastly, there are only about 1600 Giant Pandas left in the world and that is including about 160 pandas that are contained in zoos worldwide!

Causing Wildlife Harm

There are many ways that cause animals to be endangered, so what caused the Giant Pandas to become endangered? Most of the time Giant Pandas are either eating bamboo, (which is their favorite food source) or resting in the trees of the forests above, but when humans development grows, the Giant Pandas’ home and food sources is destroyed. Giant Pandas also spend most of their days by themselves, which is a disadvantage for them, since their habitat is now broken up into little pieces of land. In addition, to relate to this situation now due to China’s government development part of the Giant Panda species were forced to live up in the mountains of China and this creates a problem for the Pandas’ mating season (which is only three days long). Moreover, the pandas also have a very low reproduction rate, of which usually only one cub survives. Although, all of these causes are because of accidental matters, but people also hunt pandas for their unique fur, set traps for other animals but kill Giant Pandas instead, and capture pandas for circuses.

Helping Hand
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Panda in a Zoo
Even the Giant Panda species is dying fast, though despite the damage humans have caused against the pandas, people have also given a huge helping hand to try and save the panda species. Many zoos around the world, have taken the huge effort in research and taking in pandas for protection and testing for breeding. Already, worldwide scientists have found a way for breeding pandas successfully, but still many people are researching and testing their pandas for successful breeding. One way that the cubs [[#|survive]] is that since the mother panda only takes care of one cub, if there were twins the zookeepers take care of one cub and often switch the two cubs, so that each cub can get the mother’s care. In China, the governments have made specific laws to protect the Giant Pandas and their homeland especially, which include hunting pandas and decreasing the [[#|deforestation]] of bamboo forests. In fact, over the past century the bamboo forests of southwest China have reduced to only 8% of their original cover. However, forests are still being cut down because of the need for wood and other sources. Lastly, China has made programs for the protection of Giant Pandas, such as donating money to zoos that contain pandas and forest protection programs. In addition, China has another program that allows people to adopt a panda cub, which is I think the most productive program they have yet, but it is the hardest to do as well. Although, the result is worth it the effort.

The Possible Future
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Donations for Pandas
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World Wildlife Fund for Pandas

The actions that need to be taken in this situation, is to draw attention to more people around the world about the Giant Pandas in China and in zoos. In order to do this, the staff of the zoos that contain Giant Pandas such as Smithsonian National Zoo’ that is most known for its Giant Pandas, to have animal shows that talk about the pandas and their problems. In addition, the zoos could create commercials to help donate money to the zoos with pandas or to encourage people to adopt a panda cub as well. However, nothing will happen unless people know about and jump in to help out.

China vs. Pandas
My personal opinion about this situation is that the Giant Pandas are in a tough spot for themselves because they live in forests that have the wood, that the Chinese government needs for shelter and other resources that the Giant Pandas’ forests contains. But they are running out quickly, and if the government uses all of the bamboo wood, then the Pandas will starve and become extinct. Also it will cause problems for China’s attention for the Giant Pandas endangerment and will create a greater risk of erosion because of the loss from the forest roots, which held the soil together. China has had many other problems that involve the Giant Pandas endangerment, such as up rises against the government, for the supplies for medicines that use forest products to make.

Video bellow shows prolbems involving both China and Giant Pandas:

Work Cited List
By Kiera Jalkut

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