Pandas are some of the most unique and beloved creatures on the planet. Unfortunately, much of the panda’s popularity is due to the fact that they are one of the world’s most endangered animals. It is for these reasons and more that we celebrate these amazing animals every March 16, on National Panda Day!
Still, it is reported that there are less than 2,000 pandas left in the wild, due to habitat loss, farming, fur hunting, and other factors. The main aim behind this celebration is to raise awareness about the importance of Pandas in our society and also work towards ways and means of saving them from extinction. Pandas only live about 15 to 20 years in the wild, but those in captivity can live even longer. Panda is mostly found in China, it is called Zhuangmao in the Chinese language. Panda bears play an important part in the ecosystem of China’s bamboo forests, by spreading seeds, and therefore, growing new vegetation, which serves both humans and animals. The giant pandas are black and white in colour and are quite similar to bears. The panda has white and black woollen fur on its body which protects them from the snow. These cute creatures sleep and eat a lot.
One factor contributing to their endangered status is the low birth rate for pandas. Considering that female pandas are only fertile two or three days of the year, it makes sense that reproduction in the wild is more difficult for this species. There are about 27 zoos worldwide that protect Giant Pandas, and foster environments to encourage reproduction.