The Giant Panda
The panda is one of the most widely known bear, native to south central China. Known for the black patches over the eyes, ears and across it’s shoulders and forelegs as well as back legs.
Though they are part of the order Carnivora, the panda’s diet is 99% bamboo, however panda’s in the wild will also eat, grasses, meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion, or wild tubers. In captivity, they may eat honey, eggs, yams, fish, shrub leaves, bananas and oranges.
The panda is reliant on conservation for it’s continued existence and is a endangered species.
In 2007 it was reported that there were 239 pandas in captivity in China, and another 27 outside the country.
The Wild population estimations vary, from 1590 to 3000.