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Where are pandas located?

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Giant pandas are native to south-central China. An endangered species, they are now found in the central Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. They share part of their habitat with the much smaller, raccoon-like "red" pandas, which are also found in parts of the Himalayas and northern Myanmar.

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As of 2014, there are an estimated 2,000 giant pandas remaining in the wild and another 200 or so in captivity at zoos across China and around the world. The pandas live mainly in thick coniferous and bamboo forests at elevations from 8,500 to 11,500 feet. Unlike other bears, these solitary animals do not hibernate, and instead migrate to lower elevations to keep warm in colder months.

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    Why have giant pandas become endangered?

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    Giant pandas are endangered due to hunting and habitat loss. While it is illegal to hunt giant pandas and poaching has declined, hunters still sometimes accidentally kill them while seeking other animals. The panda's primary habitat is the Yangtze Basin region. Fragmentation of the area caused by roads and railroads has isolated panda populations, which not only prevents them from meeting and mating, but also reduces their access to bamboo.

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    How long do giant pandas live?

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    In the wild, giant pandas have an average life expectancy of 14 to 20 years. Pandas in captivity live substantially longer, with Chinese scientists reporting zoo pandas as old as 35.

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    Where do pandas live?

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    The panda's natural habitat is in the mountains of western China. While never large, the giant panda's natural habitat has grown smaller with time.

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    How do giant pandas care for their young?

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    Female giant pandas raise their young alone without the involvement of other adults, and while they may give birth to two cubs at once, there is usually only one survivor. Cubs are born small and helpless, unable to move until 3 months of age, and depend on their mother's milk for nourishment and on her strength for protection from predators.

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