Why are Pandas Black and White?

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If you’re like me, you may have wondered why pandas are black and white. After all, they could be pink and purple, black and yellow, blue and green or red and orange, so why black and white? Actually, quite a few theories have been put forward.

Pandas like to keep an even body temperature. Their black colouring will help them keep warm whilst their white areas will help make sure they don’t get too hot.

The black also helps pandas blend in with the shadows, whereas the white helps them to be camouflaged in the snow. Both colourings, therefore, help them escape the eyes of poachers.

Biologists in California believe that a panda’s poor bamboo diet is the main reason why its fur is both black and white. They argue that their white fur is for camouflage in the snowy mountains while the black fur is to blend into more forested areas – environments that the bears switch between in a constant hunt for bamboo.

The researchers also suggest that the black rings around a panda’s eyes may be a way of communicating with other pandas, while the black fur on its ears may be a means of warding off threats from predators.

There’s also the theory that the giant panda is black and white so that it is easy to spot for its fellow pandas, which is particularly useful when searching for a mate or a family member in the wild. (As the giant panda doesn’t have any natural predators, it does make sense that it wouldn’t need to worry about being easy to spot.) But experts don’t all agree.

Some believe that their distinctive black and white fur may actually act as a camouflage. Although the black and white markings may seem to stand out in the dense forests and snowy mountains, their black and white can be hard to spot – especially the fur of cubs that have climbed high into the trees while their parents are away searching for bamboo.


Molly, Year 6

Cottesmore Millfield Academy

17 Responses to Why are Pandas Black and White?

  1. Grace March 22, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Great article Molly, I never new why pandas were black and white!

  2. Athena March 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Great article Molly, I’ve been wondering why pandas are black and white!

  3. Charlie March 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Great article, I have always wondered why different animals have different coloured fur. Now I know why.

  4. jenson March 22, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Nice article Molly, I never knew any of this.

  5. Lola March 22, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Great article Molly, I have always wondered why pandas were black and white.

  6. Nicole March 22, 2017 at 5:45 pm

    Great article molly 😍😍

  7. Amira March 23, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    Great article Molly! It had a great sentence structure and had a very catchy headline. Keep up the good work.:)

  8. Oli March 23, 2017 at 1:48 pm

    Well done Molly, great article. The article is really factual and really fun to read.

  9. Will March 23, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    Fantastic article Molly! Your amazing and hooking headline caught my eye- it is so eye catching! This is a question that I have always asked myself and I have meant to look it up but I never got round to it but now you have answered it for me! It is really interesting for an insight in to how pandas think! Overall a brilliant article full of facts!

  10. charlie March 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Outstanding article Molly, I never knew that that was the reason why pandas were black and white. Very good keep up the good work Molly.

  11. Mllie H March 23, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    Great article Molly! I really liked all of the facts and when I started reading it I didn’t want to stop it was that good, also my other favourite thing is your excellent punctuation.

  12. Abi March 23, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    Brilliant article Molly, I didn’t know all of these facts about pandas. Very interesting!

  13. Lilia A March 23, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Wow, that’s an amazing article Molly! I didn’t know many of those facts. It’s very interesting. Well done:)

  14. Ava March 23, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    Excellent article Molly! I never knew that panda fur acted as camouflage!

  15. Emily March 23, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Great article Molly, keep up the good work! 🙂

  16. Kara March 24, 2017 at 8:54 pm

    Great article Molly, keep up the good work.

  17. Jason Winfield April 12, 2017 at 7:17 am

    Excellent article Molly, keep up the great work!