Higher Biology - Physiology and Health

Are giant pandas poor breeders?

It is sometimes wrongly assumed that wild giant pandas are poor breeders based on the low reproductive performance of captive pandas.

However, wild panda populations have survived for millions of years. The main threat is habitat loss and in particular the increasing isolation of the pandas into small populations. Having once been found all over south east of China, the giant pandas are now only found in isolated pockets in Sichuan, Gansu and Shaanxi.

  Current isolated areas of giant panda distribution -  shown in red

  Historic giant panda distribution - shown in red