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CHINA: THE GREAT PANDAS

At present, there are about 1,000 great pandas living in the wild in China.  They are disappearing quickly because of poachers and the loss of habitat.  Most of the pandas live in the mountains of Central China eating large amounts of young bamboo for up to 12 hours a day. Pandas are 4-5 feet long and can weigh up to 350 pounds.  They give birth every 2-4 years of 1-2 cubs.

The Chinese government has been selling or renting pandas to zoos around the world.  This is a source of income for the Chinese government, but it does not help to increase4 the dwindling population, as the pandas do not reproduce well in captivity.

Using 1,000 as a starting number, find the number of pandas that could be expected for each of the following years based on these possibilities.  Round numbers to the nearest whole number.  Make a line graph to show the results.

1.2001-The government sells 3% to zoos and poachers kill 5%.  There are __________ pandas left.

2. 2002-Several pandas have babies! Add 10% to the population.  Then, deduct 6% for poachers.  There are __________pandas left.

3. 2003-The government sells 5% and poachers kill 7%.  There are __________ pandas left.

4. 2004-The government sells 4$ and the poachers kill 5%.  There are __________pandas left.

5. 2005- Several pandas have babies.  Add 12% to the population.  The government sells 4% and 5% are killed by poachers.  There are ________ pandas left.

China Panda Solutions

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