Panda Fact - Special Life and Schedule


Giant Panda Special Life and Schedule People still have doubts why the giant pandas choose to live on bamboos. From the aspect of ecology, the specialized eating habit of the giant pandas shows that the niche is very narrow, and they avoid the competition by compressing the niche (compressing the width of the food). The giant pandas just live on the food that is distributed most extensively in the North Temperate Zone, which is not nutritious but abundant and steady in reserve to live on till now, so that people think that they are the winners who can stand the long test in the evolution process, but they have lost the sense of competition and curiosity, so they are observing the convention and holding themselves together in the fate that has bleak prospect. In the specialization, the giant pandas live on the bamboos that are low in nutrition and energy. In order to live, they try their best to reduce the sphere of activities, to exercise less and to rest more to save the energy.

1. Sphere of Activities (Homeland)

CGiant Panda Special Life and Schedule ompared to other carnivores that have the same size as them, their sphere of activities is the smallest, it is about 4 to 7 square kilometers every year, but that of the black bears can be up to 30 square kilometers. They move about in such a small area all the year round, thus their sphere of activities is very small, the quantity of activities has accordingly decreased, so that they have reduced the energy spent in rushing about to look for food.

The sphere of activities of the male 'citizens' is about 6 to 7 square kilometers per year. They just move about in half of the sphere of the homeland per month.

The sphere of activities of the female 'citizens' is accordingly smaller than that of the male ones. It is about 4 to 5 square kilometers. The activities are focused in one tenth of the total area per month.

2. Time Schedule

Because the energy in the bamboos is very low, in order to reduce the energy consumed as much as possible, the giant pandas mainly spend their time in looking for food and resting. After having eaten and drunk a lot, they will have a good sleep that they will climb to the high branches where it is safe and cool. Sometimes, they will be too sleepy to choose no matter which place to sleep that they will sleep on the grass, in the snow field, or on the rock and so on. They can go on to look for food after having a nap.

Timetable of Giant Pandas Every Day

Noon break
Morning break
Evening break

Thus, as for the giant pandas, 54.86% of the time in a day is used to look for food while 43.06% is used to have a rest, and 2.08% is used to play.

In addition, the giant pandas are not afraid of severe coldness and never hibernate, because they are the warriors who come from the glacier of the Quaternary Period ice age. Even if the temperature falls to minus 4'C-14'C, they still pass through the bamboos that are covered with snow to look for edible bamboos and eat them. It is different from many animals such as the black bears and so on that will hide in the hollows of the trees or in the grottos to hibernate. They are not afraid of humidity that they can live in the dank forest where the humidity is above 80% all the year round. So maybe this is the reason why the highly skilled doctor in Ming Dynasty Li Shizhen held in esteem that sleeping on the fur of the giant panda can get rid of coldness, humidity and evil influence.