The Endangered Panda
All life on Earth is connected to form a balanced, healthy ecosystem, and all species are dependent on each other in some way. Biodiversity is essential to our planet. However, there are so many species facing extinction, and panda is one of the most famous endangered animals. Their survival is threatened mostly by the loss of habitat, selective mating and the hunting. First of all, losing habitant is the main reason of panda’s extinction. Pandas live in the mountainous regions of southwestern China. The most important food of their diet is bamboo. However, habitat for pandas is declining due to the industrialization in China. Pandas used to live in lowland areas, but the addition of farms forced them move from their habitant. Besides, the economic and population growth in China has decreased bamboo forests and made it difficult for pandas to travel to find new supplies of bamboo.
Second, regarding the mate, pandas are picky. But the bigger problem is that only females are fertile and there are only fertile in spring for a few days. It really difficult for a male panda to find a female in the wild, and be quick enough to mate with her while she is still fertile. With only small amount of pandas, this factor make successful matching a miracle.
Third, pandas are endangered also because they are getting hunted by people who kill these animals without knowing that they are endangered or have no concerns. Although the Chinese government established the law for anyone caught killing a panda, poaching still occurs. Furthermore, pandas are sometimes killed by the traps, which are supposedly to kill other animals.
In conclusion, there are three major reasons causing pandas endangered: loss of habitat, selective mating and the hunting. Panda is a specialized species and it’s very sensitive to any outside pressures and can quickly endanger the pandas’ survival.
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