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Giant Pandas

Lucy Mogan, Jack Mulligan, Sophia Moreno, and Peter Nebb


Big Question #1
Q: Why are all living things alike, but so different?

A: All living things came from one common ancestor, so we all have similarities,

but over time, different things caused organisms to evolve differently, such as the

environment, predators, separation, and many other reasons.


Big Question #2
Q: How did there come to be so much biodiversity on Earth and how did all those

organisms come to have so much in common?

A: We need biodiversity because animals on the earth can’t evolve without it.
Big Question #3
Q: How does life change over time?

A: Life on earth changes overtime because of evolution and biodiversity. The

animal will evolve overtime to become better so that they won’t die off.
A Giant Panda’s Life
● consume 20 to 40 pounds of

bamboo daily

● 10 to 16 hours a day foraging

and eating

● the rest of its time is spent mostly

sleeping

● form communities from 7 to 15 individuals


How Many Are Left?
● about 1,864 giant pandas live in the wild

● about 300 pandas live in zoos


Why Are They Endangered?
● pandas became endangered in the 1990’s

● excessive poaching

● deforestation

● already have to relocate in

the winter because bamboo dies off

● slow breeding rate


Where Are They On The Food Chain?
● pandas are omnivores

● they will eat 99% bamboo

● occasionally eat birds and rodents


Ancestral History
● the oldest ancestor of the giant panda was found in spain, and is predicted to be 11

million years old

● the species have changed because the giant panda is much larger than its ancestor

● they are closely related to the bear and raccoon families


Why Does Biodiversity Matter?
● everything has to stay in balance

● different organisms depend on each other

● they can’t evolve without biodiversity


Where Do Giant Pandas Live?
● lives in a few mountain ranges in central China and Gansu provinces

● live in dense, fog-enshrouded stands of bamboo


Reproduction
● females mate with more than one male to ensure successful reproduction

● they will give birth to 1-2 and rarely three cubs at a time

● new railways and roads going through their habitats

prevent them from breeding


Our Video
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9YkrojbbwiA
Conclusion
● “I don't have much faith in humanity so I’d have to say I don't think they will come back.”

-Jack

● “I don’t think pandas will make a comeback because humans are ruining animals’

habitats and using up resources more and more everyday.” -Sophia

● “I don’t think they will come back because of how our society is becoming bigger and

taking up more space, and building in all the places they live.” -Peter

● “I don’t think Giant Pandas will survive because of all of the things that humans are

doing to them now.” -Lucy


Works Cited
https://www.bearbiology.org/

http://www.arkive.org/giant-panda/ailuropoda-melanoleuca/

http://science.jrank.org/pages/5005/Pandas-Evolution-classification.html

https://www.newscientist.com/article/2151717-the-first-ancestors-of-giant-pandas-probably-lived-in-

europe/

http://wwf.panda.org/knowledge_hub/endangered_species/giant_panda/problems/