Sunday, October 24, 2010
Ecological Niche of my Favorite Organism
The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is one of the worlds most loved and most endangered species. The pandas live in 6 regions in southwest China, in the Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanzi provinces. They are found in dense bamboo and coniferous mountains in China. The mountains are covered in heavy rains with torrential rains and a mist all year around.
The panda is in the bear family. The panda is known for its bear like shape and its large, distinctive black patches or spots around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. The panda has limited enemies. The panda bear is a herbivore, and its diet consists largely of bamboo. They help to distribute bamboo seeds over areas. As the number of pandas decrease, the amount of bamboo decreases without pandas to distribute bamboo seeds.
Pandas are becoming extinct because people are disrupting their territory and demolishing their natural habitat. This causes pandas to loose their habitat and food supply. Poachers also aid in their extinction.