Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)

Length:5.25 - 6 feet

Weight:176-276 lb.

Status:The giant panda is a symbol for all the endangered species activists. They are slow breeding, rely on one food source, and have been shot through their previous range. The giant panda is isolated in small areas of land. In that area of land the bamboo periodically dies off as a natural cycle of life. At that time the giant panda would migrate to a different area of land with more bamboo. Unfortunately there is no place for the panda to go. When they begin to migrate they are more easily killed by farmers. A panda is worth thousands on the black market, so poaching is prevalent. The penalty for such an offense may be death, though.

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