Pandas are one of the most loveable animals in the wild, their distinctive black and white markings are very beautiful and show a sense on variety in the wild. Unfortunatly, these beautiful bears are going extinct. Their population holding at a very low number.
One of the main reasons that the panda population have declined is because of its habitat destruction. As the human population increases in China, panda habitats are destroyed or taken over by development,. Pushing them into smaller, less livable areas. Habitat destruction can also cause food shortages. Pandas feed on several different types of bamboo that bloom at different times of the year. If one type of bamboo is destroyed by development, it can leave pandas with nothing to eat during the time it normally blooms. Increasing the risk of starvation.
Illegal hunting of the Giant Panda causes its population to decrease as well. It is illegal to hunt any endangered species. The laws to this have become much stricter in China, but some people still continue to do it. Perhaps this is because of the price of a panda skin on the illegal trade market.
The lack of fresh water may be another reason panda populations are decreasing. Many lakes and rivers in China are heavily poluted with toxins that are harmful to both animals and humans. The lack of fresh water makes it hard to supply pandas with enough water they need to survive, especially the babies. The WWF program is working towards providing more fresh water for China and pandas in specific. Although this is a great movement and many are involved, it takes money.
Some panda nurseries are in need of improvment and development as well. About 60% of baby pandas born in captivity die within a week. This is because of the lack of tools, medication, blankets, etc. needed to help the babies survive. In some cases, the mother to the babies passes away during, or shortly after giving birth to her litter. Leaving the panda nannies and caretakers to have to look after these babies and provide for them. With improved nurseries, this would be much easier and the amount of deaths would definatly decrease.