Camera Trap Photos: Giant Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)
A giant panda takes a roll in the leaves.The giant panda’s habitat is limited to a region of temperate bamboo forests in south-central China. The bamboo-loving bears are endangered, and there are perhaps as few as 2,500 mature pandas left in the wild.
Click through for more pictures of wild creatures, both familiar and strange, captured by camera traps set up from China to Kenya to Virginia, and collected on Smithsonian Wild, a new website from the storied research institute. The cameras, triggered by motion and heat, capture the animals unawares, going about their lives in their natural environments.
Credit: Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute
(via: Our Amazing Planet)