Li LI and Qing He, are two of female pandas at the Giant Panda Breeding and Research Base located 7 miles outside the city of Chengdu. The animals are free to wander through sizable domain of bamboo groves and forest. In the wild the giant panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, mainly in Sichuan province, but also in the Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. As a result of farming, deforestation and other development, the panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived. The panda is an endangered species which is why China has under taken an aggressive research and breeding program . A 2007 report showed 239 pandas living in captivity inside China and another 27 outside the country. Estimates for the wild population vary; with one estimate shows that there are about 1,590 individuals living in the wild. Adults measure around 4 to 6 feet long, and 2.0 to 3.0 feet tall at the shoulder. Males can weigh up to 350 lbs. Females are generally 10–20% smaller than males and can weigh as little as 170 lbs, but can also weigh up to 280 lbs. However, the average adult panda generally weighs in the 220 to 250 lbs range.
Posted by: danielfee | August 8, 2013