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Giant Panda

Papercraft kit : A Giant Panda with its adorable appearance and comical behaviors.

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With its teddy-bear-like appearance and comical behaviors, the giant panda is one of the most popular animals in the world. Its image is even chosen as the WWF symbol. The giant panda is classified as “Endangered [EN]” in the Red List.

Download and enjoy the paper craft of the giant panda with distinct black-and-white markings.

Download - Parts sheet & InstructionsThis data was released in June, 2003.

Giant Panda - Animal Guide

  • Giant Panda - Family Ursidae
  • Ailuropoda melanoleuca
  • Length: 120 - 150 cm / Tail Length: 10 - 15 cm / Mass: 90 - 100 kg
  • 2016 Edition of the RED LIST categories : Endangered [EN]

Being a bear species, the giant panda is built just like any other bear but has the most distinct appearance of all species; its white body with black eye patches, muzzle, ears, legs and band across the shoulders can be recognized by anyone in the world. It inhabits in the remote mountain areas in China. Ever since its existence was introduced to Europe by a French missionary, Armand David in 1869, this teddy-bear-like animal became very popular and never stopped exciting people’s curiosity. Today, the popularity of the giant panda continues not only in Japan but all over the world and people just love its adorable appearance and comical behaviors. Giant pandas feed almost entirely on bamboo leaves and stalks.
Although classified as carnivore, their diet mostly consists of plants and they are rarely found feeding on small animals. Their digestive system is not very efficient, and most food they eat is excreted without being digested. Giant pandas are usually solitary and spend most of the day feeding. The number of young per litter is usually 1 or 2. Cubs, only weighing 100 - 150 grams at birth, are covered with sparse white fur and have no black markings. It takes panda cubs 1 to 2 months to open their eyes, 6 months to wean, and 12 months to leave their mothers.

Habitat

The giant panda lives in bamboo forests at 1,300 to 3,500 meters above sea level in Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces in China. According to the surveys and protection programs conducted since the 1980’s, the population of giant pandas has remained at about 800 to 1200. This is said to be due to logging operations by the China’s open-door policy, as well as land development and poaching. Pandas do not breed well and mothers do not devote themselves to raising their offspring, which also attribute to the endangered status. Today, many attempts are made to breed the giant panda such as artificial insemination.

Habitat range: bamboo forests at 1,300 to 3,500 meters above sea level in Sichuan, Gansu, and Shaanxi provinces in China.

About Red List

The Red List is the material prepared by IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) classifying various threatened wild animals of the world and reporting their present habitat status.

The List evaluates the extinction risk level of each individual species from a biological viewpoint, but it possesses no legal power to enforce regulations concerning threatened species. The Red List is broadly employed as fundamental information in advancing the preservation of threatened wild animals.

Referring to the original Red List, the Environment Agency of Japan has compiled the Japanese edition of the List listing threatened taxa inhabiting Japan.

2016 Edition of the RED LIST CATEGORIES and classified as follows:
Extinct EX No known individuals remaining.
Extinct in the Wild EW Known only to survive in captivity, or as a naturalized population outside its historic range.
Critically Endangered CR Extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.
Endangered EN High risk of extinction in the wild.
Vulnerable VU High risk of endangerment in the wild.
Near Threatened NT Likely to become endangered in the near future.
Least Concern LC Lowest risk. Does not qualify for a more at-risk category. Widespread and abundant taxa are included in this category.
Data Deficient DD Not enough data to make an assessment of its risk of extinction.
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