Around the World in 50 weeks takes us to China today!
Panda in Plight
A giant panda is truly no bear, but an animal that is very rare.
Only a thousand pandas roam in western China; their wild home.
Up to twelve hours a day they chew on shoots and leaves of green bamboo.
Alone, a panda prefers to be, not in groups like you and me!
Panda cubs have a wee tiny girth, weighing only four ounces at their birth!
A cub stays with mom, a year or more, then he flies solo – his fate unsure.
His bamboo valleys destroyed by man; he heads to the hills to survive if he can.
When next you see pandas down at the zoo, Think of their plight and what you can do.
National Geographic Kids – Panda Cub at birth Do check out this video to see how truly minuscule a panda cub is at birth!
There are approximately 300 in captivity in reserves, zoos and wild life parks. Four zoos in the US currently have pandas; San Diego, Memphis, Atlanta and Washington D.C. Giant Pandas are also found in zoos in Japan, Hong Kong, Thailand, Taiwan, Mexico, France, Spain, Austria and Australia. Zoos outside of China must lease the animals from the Chinese government. This money is used for the preservation of the wild Giant Panda.