The most famous animal native to China is the giant panda. Pandas have held a special place in Chinese culture for at least 1,000 years. Introduced to the wider world in the 19th century, these unique creatures have only grown in popularity.
Pandas are renowned for their uncommon black-and-white color scheme. They also have several peculiar traits that intrigue the zoological community. Pandas primarily eat bamboo and spend roughly half the day eating the fibrous plant. Their habitat is severely limited to particular mountainous regions in China. Industrial development has restricted their available habitat and reduced their population. For this reason, Pandas are protected by the Chinese government and are rarely exported to foreign zoos.