It is a highly specialized animal, with unique adaptations.The panda's thick, wooly coat keeps it warm in the cool forests of its habitat.Depending on the time and the weather, the giant pandas have a choice to be outside or inside the panda house. Early arrival is recommended to avoid large crowds and long lines.The pandas typically have outdoor access until early afternoon. Long lines require earlier cut-off times to ensure those waiting can enter the panda house before it closes.During mating, they become very vocal, relying on extremely detailed vocalizations to express all shades of mood from amorous to angry.Most of their communication is accomplished through scent marking throughout their habitat and territory.
It has black fur on its ears, eye patches, muzzle, legs, and shoulders. Although scientists do not know why these unusual bears are black and white, some speculate that the bold coloring provides effective camouflage.
These experts are also leading ecology studies in giant pandas' native habitat.
The Zoo's giant panda team works closely with colleagues in China to advance conservation efforts around the world. Please check the hours page before your visit to ensure the Panda House is open.
Another thought is that the pattern may accentuate social signals in some way, or help giant pandas to identify one another from a distance so they can avoid socializing, as they are typically a solitary animal.
Another theory suggests that the black absorbs heat while the white reflects it, helping giant pandas maintain an even temperature.