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The adorable giant panda doesn’t have any natural predators, but it is critically endangered. There are now fewer than 1,600 pandas left in the wild. Pandas are the rarest members of the bear family, living mainly in bamboo forests high in the mountains in China. Pandas play a vital role in the bamboo forests by spreading seeds and facilitating growth of vegetation. Even though hunting for their fur has declined in recent years due to strict laws, poachers still hunt for other animals in panda habitats and accidentally kill these bears. Pandas are found only in China, one of the world’s fastest growing regions. Population growth has led to forest destruction, which is causing panda populations to decline.
To help these adorable bears, visit WWF Panda.
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