Giant Panda – by Calvin

The giant panda is adapted to its environment in many ways. They have adapted to their bodies, eating patterns, and their way of life. One adaptation, walking on all fours, allows them to climb on hills and mountains and get between trees. Giant pandas usually live in the cold because their fur protects them from the cold air. Another adaptation is the color of their fur. Their fur is black and white because of a low calorie diet and not enough protein. Giant pandas height is two-three feet (to the adult’s shoulder). A female is about 150 to 220 lbs. Their length is 3.9-6.2 feet, adult size. Their lifespan is about 20 years in the wild. The scientific name for a giant panda is Ailuropoda melanoleuca. 

Pandas carry their babies around and take care of them until they are ready. They mate when they are 5.5 to 6.5 years old. A female can mate with more than one male. 

One of their adaptations is their difference from bears. Unlike bears, pandas don’t hibernate because they don’t store enough fat for the winter, because they adapted to their eating patterns. There’s a lot of bamboo inside the stomach of a panda. The reason pandas have so much bamboo is because they can barely digest it. Pandas don’t take time to hunt for meat but have it if it’s given to them. 

Another adaptation is a panda’s preference for living alone and defending their territory. Pandas are usually alone and don’t like other pandas coming into their habitat. Pandas do handstands while peeing to aim at their target. It’s a common way they try to keep other animals away.

All pandas have something to do with China; all pandas that aren’t in China are owned by China. China virtually owns every giant panda in the world. A giant panda is one of the rarest mammals on the planet.