(also giant panda)
A large bearlike mammal with characteristic black and white markings, native to certain mountain forests of central and western China. It feeds almost entirely on bamboo and has become increasingly rare. See also red panda.
- Ailuropoda melanoleuca; it is now usually placed with the bears (family Ursidae), but was formerly thought to belong with the raccoons (family Procyonidae)
- Feeding mostly on bamboo, fruits, and insects, the pandas are native to mountains in China and the Himalaya - where they are better known for skittering up trees than standing at attention.
- In the wild, about 1,600 pandas roam forests scattered across six mountain ranges in southwestern China.
- This means there could be many more pandas throughout China than previously estimated.
mid 19th century: from Nepali.
Entry from British & World English dictionary