A giant panda’s black-and-white camouflage helps the animal blend into its natural environment. Photo: Wei Fuwen
A giant panda’s black-and-white camouflage helps the animal blend into its natural environment. Photo: Wei Fuwen

Why are giant pandas black and white? Scientists unlock the secrets of distinctive colouring

  • Black, white and intermediate tones of their fur blend with different aspects of their habitat, a new study has found
  • The endangered animals’ fragmented natural habitat makes it difficult for researchers to find and photograph them outside zoos

Topic |   China science
A giant panda’s black-and-white camouflage helps the animal blend into its natural environment. Photo: Wei Fuwen
A giant panda’s black-and-white camouflage helps the animal blend into its natural environment. Photo: Wei Fuwen
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