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Panda Updates – Monday, April 12

One of the giant pandas’ most notable characteristics is their black-and-white coloration. This rare coloring is thought to serve two main purposes: the first is camouflage, and the second is communication.

Giant pandas live in the temperate bamboo forests in the mountains of central China. These dense forests create pockets of sunlight and shadow which blend with the white and black colors of the giant pandas. Their white fur is also a perfect camouflage for central China’s snowy winters.

Because giant pandas are solitary, their unique coloration may also serve as a warning to other pandas nearby, allowing them to be seen and avoided. 

So next time you see a giant panda, remember how their distinctive fur is actually a remarkable adaptation to their natural habitat and lifestyle. 

To highlight that special coloration, enjoy this throwback photo of Xi Lun, taken four years ago this week!

Trish J.
Keeper I, Mammals

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