Why Are Giant Pandas Black And White?

Long Hui, a giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) at the Vienna Zoo. (Credit: RobertG / CC BY-SA 3.0.)

Pandas are not your average bear

Male giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) “Tai Shan” eats bamboo at the Smithsonian National Zoological Park in Washington, D.C. (Credit: Fernando Revilla / CC BY-SA 2.5.)

Hiding in snow or shade, or intimidating competitors

Figure 1 (a) Regions of the carnivore body used 1 in Method 1. (b) and © Regions of the carnivore body used in Method 2. doi: 10.1093/beheco/arx008
Wolverine (Gulo gulo) on rocky terrain. (Credit: US National Park Service / Public Domain.)
Figure 2. Working hypotheses for pelage coloration in the giant panda (Drawing by Ricky Patel).

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