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The giant panda is universally loved, and of course it has a special significance for WWF, because has been there symbol ever since the organization was formed in 1961!

Panda in tree
Giant pandas are robust members of the bear family with a distinctive black and white coat. The head and body measures 120 to 190 cm long, and adults weigh 85 to 125 kg.
This is one of my favorite images
Giant pandas inhabit the bamboo forest zone between 1,200 m and 3,400 m. Formerly they were found in riverine valleys at lower elevations, but these areas are now settled by humans. Giant pandas are generally solitary, each adult having a well-defined home range. A male's home range overlaps with those of several females. Although encounters are rare outside the brief mating season, pandas communicate fairly often, mostly through vocalization and scent marking.

Looking for something ?
Because giant pandas live in bamboo thickets on steep mountain slopes, counting them is difficult. Surveys in the 1980s gave an estimate of around 1000 individuals in the wild, but that may have been an underestimate. There are now thought to be approximately 600 remaining, but a new survey started in 1999 should give a more accurate figure. So far, the Chinese government has established 33 panda reserves, which should give protection to about 60% of the giant panda populations. On present evidence, the greatest number of giant pandas occur in the Minshan Mountains, while the Qinling Mountains have the highest population density.

Watching for something or what?
Giant pandas reach sexual maturity between 4.5 and 7.5 years. After a gestation period of about five months, females give birth to a single young or sometimes twins. Wild giant pandas bear a cub every two years or more. Newborns are tiny, weighing only 100 to 160 grams. Cubs start eating bamboo at about one year of age, but remain with their mother until she conceives again, usually when the cub is about 18 months old. Infant mortality in the wild is lower than in captivity, and is estimated at around 40%.
Playing with you're dinner ?
Fossil evidence suggests that in the early Pleistocene, some 2-3 million years ago, ancestors of the giant panda were widely distributed over much of eastern and southern China as far north as Beijing. Panda fossils have also been found in northern Myanmar (Burma) and northern Vietnam. The species is now restricted to six isolated mountain ranges in western China: Qinling in Shaanxi Province, Minshan in Gansu and Sichuan Provinces, and Qionglai, Xiangling and Liangshan in Sichuan Province. The remaining area of suitable habitat totals around 13,000km.2

Atleast his eating with his mouth closed ...
Giant pandas have broad, flat molars modified for crushing, and an enlarged wristbone which functions as an opposable thumb - both specialized adaptations for eating bamboo. Their diet consists almost entirely of the leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species, although they occasionally eat meat. A giant panda may consume 12 to 18 kg of bamboo a day to meet its energy requirements.

Damn it's cold on my 'behind'
Geographic Information System (GIS) analysis and surveys done in the 1970s and 1980s revealed that the area occupied by giant pandas had been reduced from more than 29,500km2 to only about 13,000km2. Because individual giant panda populations in these fragmented forests are small, most may not be viable in the long term, and inbreeding in small populations is a potential problem. The Chinese government instigated a ban on commercial logging in natural forests in the southwest of the country in 1998, which is welcome news for giant pandas outside the reserves.