The Giant Panda, my amazing species, is one of the most critically endangered animals in the world.
We have about 1,000 left in our natural habitat. We thrive in central and south-western China, living off bamboo forests high atop mountains.
About 140 of us live in zoos and research centers to help us make more babies. Naturally, we only have a baby every 3-4 years, so the mamas in the zoos are really helping us build back our population.
Our mamas in the wild may only have 5-8 cubs in a lifetime. We grow 4-6 feet tall and normally live about 35 years. I am 17 years old.
I decided to do my first interview with my own family.
Daddy doesn’t seem too interested, but mama is putting up with me. We don’t live that close to each other, so a visit with them is always nice. I moved away about 10 years ago, to start my own life. I haven’t had any cubs of my own, but I am not in a hurry either. I want to travel the world and visit all of its creatures and experience life before I settle down.
It may sound a little selfish of me, with my duty to reproduce and continue my species, but I know that others will pay more attention if an endangered panda like myself shows other endangered species that I know how they feel!
Together we can show the world that we want to survive!
Now back to writing my interview questions…
I’m thinking about asking daddy about his biggest fear. It’s kind of a bold question, but I am very interested in the answer.
As for mama, I want to know what she thinks about the future of our family as a whole. She has seen more than I have in my 17 years, so her wisdom will be very important to hear.
I do have a couple of little brothers back home, so if I run into them, I would like to ask them what their goals in life are.
Well, that’s it for now!
Lots of bamboo to munch on and questions to ponder!