keskiviikko 12. maaliskuuta 2014

Giant Panda

Private swap from Yachne, China
Did you know that the giant panda has an extra digit called  pseudo-thumb. This thumb-like structure acts as sixth digit and allows the giant panda to grasp  bamboo stalks with ease.
The giant panda is native to the mountainous temperate forests of southwest China. Due to farming and deforestation, the giant panda has been driven out of the lowland areas where it once lived. The most damaging result of development has been that it has divided the panda’s habitat into little islands of forest. Today, many pandas are isolated in these small sections of forest, because they will cross into areas where humans live.
China created protected areas and breeding centers for protecting the giant panda. The country has 37 official panda protecting areas.

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