The giant panda also known as panda bear or simply panda, is a bear native to south central China.
It is easily recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes,
over the ears, and across its round body.
The name “giant panda” is sometimes used to distinguish it from the unrelated red panda.
Though it belongs to the order Carnivora, the giant panda’s diet is over 99% bamboo.
Giant pandas in the wild will occasionally eat other grasses,
wild tubers, or even meat in the form of birds, rodents or carrion.
In captivity, they may receive honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, or bananas along with specially prepared food.
The giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China,
mainly in Sichuan province, but also in neighbouring Shaanxi and Gansu.
As a result of farming, deforestation, and other development,
the giant pandas have been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived.
The giant pandas are terrestrial animal and primarily spends its life roaming and feeding in the bamboo forests of the Qinling Mountains and in the hilly Sichuan Province.
Giant pandas are generally solitary,and each adult has a defined territory,
and a female is not tolerant of other females in her range.
Social encounters occur primarily during the brief breeding season in which pandas in proximity to one another will gather.
After mating, the male leaves the female alone to raise the cub.-Justplay
Pandas were thought to fall into the crepuscular category,
those who are active twice a day, at dawn and dusk;
however, Jindong Zhang found that pandas may belong to a category all of their own, with activity peaks in the morning, afternoon and midnight.
Due to their sheer size, pandas do not need to fear predators like other herbivores. They can therefore be active at any time of the day.
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