Panda diet

Despite its taxonomic classification as a carnivoran, the giant panda’s diet is primarily herbivorous, consisting almost exclusively of bamboo. However, the giant panda still has the digestive system of a carnivore, as well as carnivore-specific genes, and thus derives little energy and little protein from consumption of bamboo. Its ability to digest cellulose is ascribed to the microbes in its gut.

Panda diet

Panda diet

Pandas are in the carnivore family and, for the most part, have the digestive system of a carnivore. Long ago, for reasons scientists do not understand (perhaps because they could not compete well for food with other carnivores), pandas adapted to a vegetarian diet. Pandas now feed almost exclusively on the stems and leaves of bamboo. Although, ninety-five to ninety-nine percent of the pandas' diet is bamboo, they also eat flowers, vines, mushroom, grass, fish, and small rodents.

The only remaining wild pandas live in a small area of China. Approximately 980 of the 1,600 wild pandas are living in protected reserves. If bamboo in reserves fails to thrive, the pandas will be forced to leave the protected reserves in search of food. Some pandas inside and outside of reserves may not be able to travel to where new sources of bamboo are growing. Habitat destruction combined with human industrialization has isolated some groups of pandas, making travel difficult if not impossible.

 

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