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The question arises from time to time about the Giant Panda’s habitat and how it is affected by the harvesting of Bamboo for flooring. In short it is not affected at all, for 2 reasons.

1. The Giant Panda lives in the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces in central China. While the bamboo used for flooring is traditional grown in the Anhui and Zhejiang provinces, hundreds of miles away from the Panda’s home

2. The species used in Bamboo flooring is Phyllostachys Pubescens (Moso Bamboo) which is not eaten by the Giant Panda. They feed on Fargesia Robusta (Umbrella bamboo) and Sinarundinaria (Arrow Bamboo).

Because of these reasons it can be said that in no way is the plight of the Giant Panda affected by the production of bamboo floors.

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Matt Dickinson