The Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) is a mammal classified in the bear family (Ursidae), native to central-western and southwestern China. The Giant Panda is easily recognized by its large, distinctive black patches around the eyes, over the ears, and across its round body. Though belonging to the order Carnivora, the Giant Panda has a diet which is 99% bamboo. The Giant Panda may eat other foods such as honey, eggs, fish, yams, shrub leaves, oranges, and bananas when available.
The Giant Panda lives in a few mountain ranges in central China, in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu provinces. It once lived in lowland areas, but farming, forest clearing, and other development now restrict the Giant Panda to the mountains. Now, the Giant Panda is an endangered species.
Even seen a baby Panda? It is so cute! Take a look at these pictures of different development stages of a baby Panda under human supervision. After all it is an endangered creature and we all must handle it with care!