Giant pandas are native to south-central China. An endangered species, they are now found in the central Chinese provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu. They share part of their habitat with the much smaller, raccoon-like "red" pandas, which are also found in parts of the Himalayas and northern Myanmar.
As of 2014, there are an estimated 2,000 giant pandas remaining in the wild and another 200 or so in captivity at zoos across China and around the world. The pandas live mainly in thick coniferous and bamboo forests at elevations from 8,500 to 11,500 feet. Unlike other bears, these solitary animals do not hibernate, and instead migrate to lower elevations to keep warm in colder months.