Pandas are one of the most specialized mammals in the world, having evolved into animals that eat only bamboo. Adult pandas must eat about 40 pounds of bamboo each day to get the nutrients they need, which means that they are completely dependent on a bamboo-rich habitat to survive. These days, their habitat is limited and it is hard to find a panda in the wild. This video, courtesy of the Smithsonian Channel, gives us a glimpse of a rare wild panda sighting.
One of the many highlights of our Classic China and Tibet tour is a visit to the Giant Panda Protection and Research Center in Chengdu, China. If you're looking for something a bit closer to home, check out our PandaCam, from the Smithsonian National Zoological Park here in Washington, D.C.
If you were free to follow any animal through the wild, which one would you choose? Please share.