Habitat loss - a real estate crisis
Pandas need land
Much of the lower land has been claimed for agriculture so most of the habitat is now confined to above 1,400m, but this area too is now under pressure from human activities.
A lot of the panda's mountainous bamboo habitat has been destroyed by logging. In the Sichuan Province alone it shrank by 50% between 1974 and 1989. The Chinese government banned logging in the panda's habitat in 1998.
- fuel wood for heating and cooking,
- infrastructure for a growing population, and
- hydropower development.