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The Giant Panda is a native bear to China and one of the most recognizable creatures on the planet today.

Giant panda eating bamboo

Giant Pandas Spend Most Of Their Time Collecting And Eating Bamboo

The white-and-black native bear of China needs little introduction. With its striking, and pleasant appearance and generally pleasant disposition, the giant panda has become a forerunner for all vulnerable animal species worldwide.

Its scientific name, Ailuropoda Melanoleuca, literally means black and white cat-foot.

The name ‘giant panda’ has become its most commonly used name so as to distinguish it from the unrelated but closely named red panda.

Though it is a carnivore, its preferred diet is about 99 percent bamboo.

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The Red Panda is a beautiful creature native to parts of China and the Himalayas.

Adult Red Panda in a tree

Adult Red Panda In A Tree (Author: Mathias Appel/Wiki Commons, PD)

The Red Panda is a beautiful, little creature native to the eastern Himalayas and southwestern China. This mammal is just slightly larger than the average domestic cat and it’s easily recognized by its thick red/russet colored fur, long and very bushy tail, and bear-like body.

Red pandas are also commonly referred to as lesser panda in deference to the much larger giant panda. These are very acrobatic animals with expert tree-climbing skills.

It is arboreal (lives predominantly in trees), typically solitary, and mostly active from dusk to dawn.

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