Giant pandas are found only in thedense bamboo and coniferous mountains of central China -- They occupy 6 small forest fragments in small isolated areas of the north and
central portions of theSichuan Province, in the mountains bordering the southernmost part of Gansu Province, and in the Qinling Mountains of the Shaanxi Province (about 5,400 square miles). The elevation ranges from 1,200 to 3,40 meters (4,000 to 11,000 feet) high. Themountains are shrouded in heavy clouds with torrential rains or a dense mist throughout the year. In most of the areas in which they still roam wild, they must compete with the farmers who farm the river valleys and the lower slopes of the mountains. In general the giant panda's home territory will range from to 3.8 6.5 square kilometers (1.5 to 2.5 square miles). They in habit damp, mistyforests of bamboo and conifers. Their preferred habitat has dense stands of at least one species of bambo (preferably more). Females have been found to stay in an area of only 30 to 40 hectares (75 to100 acres). The male's territory generally overlaps several female territories.