Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) - Vasiliki Dimtsiou
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Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)
Ailuropoda, A. melanoleuca, mammalia
The giant panda is recognized by the large, distinctive black patches around its eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. It is a terrestrial animal and primarily spends its life roaming and feeding in the bamboo forests in China. A panda's daily diet consists almost entirely of the leaves, stems and shoots of various bamboo species.Bamboo contains very little nutritional value so pandas must eat 12-38kg every day to meet their energy needs,defecates up to 40 times a day.But they do branch out, with about 1% of their diet comprising other plants and even meat. Indeed, as members of the bear family, giant pandas possess the digestive system of a carnivore, although they have evolved to depend almost entirely on bamboo.This reliance on bamboo leaves them vulnerable to any loss of their habitat , currently the major threat to their survival. Similarly, the giant panda's round face is the result of powerful jaw muscles, which attach from the top of the head to the jaw. Large molars crush and grind fibrous plant material.
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