Are Pandas Bears

A panda or giant panda is from China. It is also known as a panda bear and is a native from the south-central region. Pandas are distinguished from other bears by their large size and black-and-white coloring.  It has large, distinctive patches that are around its eyes and across its plump body.

Pandas belong to the order Carnivora and the giant panda is a folivore. 99% of a panda’s diet is bamboo shoots. Many people want to know if a panda is a type of bear and perhaps you are among them. The answer is yes a giant panda is a bear.

The giant panda has a body shape typical of bears. It has black fur on its ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, arms and shoulders. The rest of the animal’s coat is white. Although scientists do not know why these unusual bears are black and white, speculation suggests that the bold colouring provides effective camouflage in their shade-dappled snowy and rocky habitat.

The scientific name for the panda is Ailuropoda melanoleuca. It is a mammal like us and an omnivore. The life span of a panda that lives in the wild is 20 years and it can grow to five feet tall. Pandas can usually be about 300 pounds which is pretty big because it will eat and eat bamboo and can eat around 28 pounds of the stuff every day. If it wanted to it would eat a bird or a rodent also but they can be hard to catch because they can be very fast.

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The WWF says there are just over 1850 wild pandas in China and they are no longer an endangered species. The International Union for Conservation of Nature announced they have been upgraded from “endangered” to “vulnerable” which is an improvement but having more on the planet would be much better because they are so cute especially the babies.

Pandas roam around in the wild forests of China and spread seeds unknowingly while doing so. This helps the forests to grow which helps birdlife to flourish which makes the panda bears very important for the environment in China because China has so many people and needs all the trees and wildlife it can get.

Order: Carnivora
Family: Ursidae
Genus: Ailuropoda
Species:A. melanoleuca

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Traditional Chinese熊貓
Simplified Chinese熊猫
Literal meaning“bear cat”

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