You can’t help but want to cuddle those big black and white bears that chew on bamboo native to China. They are amazing to watch, and these animals are so unique that you need to celebrate their existence. You can do that on National Panda Day because they are too cute!
March 16th is the day to celebrate Panda bears as it is National Panda Day. There are two types of Pandas. The one that often comes to mind is the large black and white Panda bear, and there is another type of Panda called the Qinling panda. The Qinling panda is more petite and brown and leans closer to reddish, as the discovery of that one happened in 1985. Qinling pandas live in China’s mountain ranges, and you will find the black and white giant pandas in the mountainous area that are further away and remote in the wilderness.
At one time, Panda bears were a threatened species as they were endangered for the possibility of extinction. However, since 2019, they have multiplied quite a bit, meaning that they are no longer endangered but are vulnerable, so they are not out of the woods yet.
However, because of the fact that there are only fewer than 2,000 of these bears left, that means they are vulnerable. Unfortunately, these bears are farmed for their fur. They live from 15 to 20 years in the wild; however, these bears can live for much longer in captivity. They are essential for China’s bamboo forest ecosystem as they spread seeds. That is why protecting these animals is critical.
History Of National Panda Day
There is no known origin behind National Panda Day. However, the day’s establishment likely happened because of spreading awareness that Pandas are unique and their existence was threatened. That was a concern since 1961, as that was the year of establishing the WWF or World Wide Fund for Nature. They used a Panda logo for their organization because of how the animal was the symbol of the world’s conservation movement. Even though Pandas are not on the brink of extinction anymore, it is always critical to remind everyone that they are vulnerable and more money needs to be raised to keep them in captivity to save them.
How To Celebrate National Panda Day
Go get a small Panda plushie or keychain, or statue, and donate some money to the WWF so that you can do your part to help save Panda bears. Maybe learn something about these amazing bears as well. However you choose to celebrate the day, post it on social media and use #NationalPandaDay in your post.
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