Why are pandas black and white?
The authors of a new study on the panda think they might have an answer to why pandas are black and white: Panda patterns serve as a combination of communication and camouflage, a group of biologists from University of California at Davis and California State University at Long Beach wrote recently in the journal Behavioral Ecology.
Pandas, unlike other bears, cannot slumber through the winter, which means that their surroundings change relatively rapidly between light snow and dark forest shade. The pattern, then, is something of a camouflage compromise.
As for the panda faces, the scientists said they found “links between contrasting ears and pugnacity,” which is to say that the bears’ black ears may serve as a warning to would-be predators.
The eye contrast, too, could work similarly as aggression displays.