The Panda Fights for Survival by Robert C. Taylor - New Law Raises Drinking Age by Lowell Wagner Jr. - Harvesting a High-Tech Crop by Robert C. Taylor and Lowell Wagner Jr. - Hong Kong: The Challenge of 1997 by Tom Hanson - The world's favorite teddy bear - the giant panda - may be starving to extinction. Mainly because of interference by man, only about 1,000 giant pandas are left in the wild. All of these are confined to three Chinese provinces. The numbers are being further reduced by a natural event. The panda's specialized diet consists primarily of arrow bamboo shoots. But this bamboo is beginning a rare flowering cycle in which the edible shoots dry up and die. New plants that come because of this cycle may take another 10 years to mature. Some pandas are starving to death.
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