Adventure – Extinction of the Panda
A panda is one of the largest mammals that reach almost the size of a black bear (back, 2009). Big and giant pandas have various features that range from the size of their head, feet and tail. In most cases, pandas can grow to achieve a height of between five and six feet and weigh up to two hundred and seventy pounds. The males weigh up to 10 to 20% more than female panda of the same age. Giant pandas can climb trees easily and effortlessly by using their short and strong claws (Stein, 2007).
The panda has a lifespan of twenty-five years and have several enemies including humans. This matter is of interest as the giant panda has been a target of poaching. According to a research in 2006, the number of pandas has greatly declined due to a variety of reasons to an estimated one thousand pandas only. Panda molars are strong and large to help with chewing. The molar have powerful muscles that extend from the head to the jaws. Entwistle & Dunstone (2000) state that the powerful muscles make it easy for the panda to chew even the tough stalks. The panda exists in a variety of colors. Some are white with black eye patches. The panda’s natural habitat is in the deep forests and the higher elevations where there is thick snow from which the color offers camouflage. The color also draws other pandas from each other’s territory.
The issue of poaching is serious as it is contributing to the threat facing pandas’ existence to day. I feel that the issue should be curbed and the relevant authority to take charge of protecting the animals. If this trend is continued, the animals may become extinct in the near future. Pandas are hunted for their soft far. This trend has led to them being endangered species. A panda has a thick course with a dense outer layer that provides protection to the panda from the cool and damp environmental climate. The earliest panda generation was in the ice age duration. The red panda is a close relative of the giant panda that lives in Nepal India. The red panda is relatively small and lives on trees. The red panda mostly eats nuts, fruits and insects. A young red panda is born pink in color but changes colors as it grows.
Averagely, a panda spends 14 hours looking for food. Newborn pandas are tiny and blind and usually weigh about three to four ounces. The young pandas start-off with fine white far and get their normal color after one month (Stein, 2007). A giant panda starts eating bamboo at the age of five to six months and undergoes weaning until they are nine months old.
According to the Chinese culture, a panda symbolizes companionship, peace and friendship. There are various exciting facts about pandas. Back (2009) says that one of these facts is the fact that the pandas can eat up to ten thousand kilograms of bamboo in a day. It is difficult to determine the sex of the panda for the first four years. As mentioned earlier, human activities have led to pandas nearing extinction. Apart from poaching, humans have also encroached in pandas’ habitat by cutting bamboos. The giant panda is the most endangered panda species. Though the giant pandas are adored by many people, the old and the young, it is near extinction and is endangered (Stein, 2007). In my opinion, human beings should stop the activities that are endangering the lives of the pandas. I love pandas and I feel for them because of the state they find themselves in.
There is an alarming disappearance of the giant pandas due to the expansion of human populations. The increasing population shrinks the natural habitat of the pandas making them have nothing to eat (Stein, 2007). The giant pandas in China suffer a low birth rate and invasion of the humans into their natural habitat. The panda meat is one of the favorite meals in China, which explains the reason for the alarming panda extinction. Census often shows that the extinction rate is worsening every coming year (Eason, Geeson & Veldhoven, 2009). I feel concerned about the alarming rate of the pandas because if it is not checked, there will be no pandas in the coming years.
Nations have put in place measures to deal with the alarming extinction of the pandas. For instance, laws that bar human beings from inhabiting panda’s natural habitat have been developed. Other countries carry out captive breeding and take years to capture baby pandas when they are born. Nations are now looking for a supplement to replace bamboo as the major food for the pandas. Countries carry out research of the survival of the pandas to maintain the population of the pandas (Eason, Geeson & Veldhoven, 2009).
In conclusion, measures should be put in place to curb the extinction and provide a better living environment for the pandas. Developing laws on protection of pandas is not enough if there is no goodwill in implementing them. Therefore, while measures have been developed, it is upon the relevant authorities and the public to fulfill these measures. The giant panda still faces challenges, as they cannot live in isolated areas but need large areas where they freely roam, and there is enough food for them. Pandas are great creatures that deserve a serene habitat for their growth. If they are not allowed to live in their natural habitat and there is interference by the humans, their extinction can only become alarming (Stein, 2007). Humans should therefore refrain from encroaching into the natural habitat of the wild to be able to enjoy nature in the world.
References Back, M. (2009). Panda & polar bear. New York: Dial Books for Young Readers. Eason, S. Geeson, A., & Veldhoven, M. (2009). Save the Panda. New York: Power Kids Press. Entwistle, A., & Dunstone, N. (2000). Priorities for the conservation of mamalian diversity. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Stein, L. (2007). Eye of th emajestic creature. New York: Fantagraphics.
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