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Children's LiteratureGiant pandas are one of the world's most famous bears. Black and white and cuddly in appearance, they look like teddy bears. Pandas spend most of their waking hours eating bamboo, which comprises "almost 99 percent" of their diet. An adult giant panda can consume 25 to 35 pounds of bamboo leaves and stems in one day. Adult panda bears usually live alone, although a mother panda may keep her single cub with her for more than 18 months. In the wild giant pandas live in the wild in mountainous parts of south-western China, where they are endangered, both from poaching—though the Chinese government imposes stiff fines for poaching—and from deforestation. Efforts are underway to try to save the forests where pandas live, and breeding programs exist to increase the numbers of pandas in captivity. Numerous high-quality photographs of giant pandas and the environment in which they live complement the thorough text. A detailed map of the range of giant pandas is included, as are a glossary and index. Other books in the Carolrhoda "Nature Watch Books" series include Hippos and Salamanders. 2004, Carolrhoda Books/Lerner, Ages 9 to 12.
—Valerie O. Patterson