Native to small pockets of south central China, pandas are a rather unique member of the bear family. Although pandas are technically considered carnivores, their diet consists almost entirely of bamboo, whereas other bear species eat a mixture of plants, berries, and meat!
While their population numbers aren't decreasing as rapidly asmany other endangered species, pandas are what's known as aconservation reliant species. As the term suggests, pandas arereliant on zoos and sanctuaries in order to keep their populationnumbers stable. Pandas have a naturally low birth rate in the wild,and while this isn't an issue on its own, it becomes a seriousproblem when their numbers and habitats are already threatened.