The giant panda or greater panda is a mammal belonging to the bear family. Originally from Central China, it lives in the mountainous regions of Sichuan. It has become a symbol of China as well as a symbol of the WWF(World Wildlife Fund). Its scientific name is Ailuropoda melanoleuca from the ancient Greek which means a cat’s black and white foot . The word panda comes from the word ponya .It is said to be a carnivore but its diet is that of the herbivore, infact it feeds on bamboo .Both giant pandas and lesser pandas have characteristics belonging to bears. The giant panda has a palm with a thumb and five fingers.The panda is 1,50m tall and can weigh from 80- 200kg, and can live up to 35\40 years of age.
The panda lives alone all year long ,except during the mating season. Its predatores are the brown bear black bear of Asya,the wolf, the leopard and the snow leopard. They focus on the younger ones because adult pandas make dangerous opponents.
The giant panda is an endangered species,with its very low birth rate. In the west, it was discovered in 1869,and is loved by many because it looks like a live, stuffed animal.