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Qinling Panda
Qinling Panda
General Information
Universe Real Life
Aliases Brown Panda
Classification Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis
Species Type Panda
Homeworld Earth
Environment Qinling Mountains, China
Intelligence Non-sapient
Biochemistry Carbon-based lifeform
Discovered 1960s (not recognized as subspecies until 2005)
Biological Information
Reproduction Sexual; gives live birth
Locomotion Quadrupedal
Feeding Behavior Omnivorous, but with almost exclusive herbivorous tendencies
Prey Bamboo
Distinctive Features Brown patches
Fur Color Brown and cream
Lineage Information
Ancestor(s) Giant Panda
Subspecies Is a subspecies of the Giant Panda
Cultural Information
Alignment True Neutral
Organization Solitary
Sociocultral characteristics
Members Dan-Dan (deceased), Quizai
Scientific Taxonomy
Planet Earth
Domain Eukaryota
Kingdom Animalia
Subkingdom Eumetazoa
Infrakingdom Bilateria
Superphylum Deuterostomia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Carnivora
Family Ursidae
Subfamily Ailuropodinae
Genus Ailuropoda
Species melanoleuca
Subspecies qinlingensis
Other Information
Status Critically endangered
First Sighting 1960s
Possible Population 200-300

The Qinling Panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca qinlingensis) is one of two known subspecies of giant panda. They are restricted to the Qinling Mountains within an elevation range between 4,300 – 9,800 ft (1,300–3,000 meters). They are notably and obviously differentiated from their better-known black-and-white cousins by their dark brown and light brown fur. They also have a smaller skull and overall size. Only 200-300 are believed to exist in the wild, though this is thought to be a fifth of the total panda population in the world.

Their coloration is thought to be the consequence of inbreeding, as the population is closed off from any genetic variation, which may have led to the preservation of such a mutation.

Background historyEdit


Quizai, a named Qinling.

On August 30, 1989, a female Qinling named Dan-Dan was captured and brought to the Xi'an Zoo in China, with plans to mate her with a regular giant panda; mating proved to be successful. Although her offspring was born black-and-white, but reportedly started fading to brown as it aged. According to other reports she gave birth to three cubs who all died shortly after being born. Dan-Dan died in 2000.


  • One of the many fur-tone colorations players can choose for their Pandaren characters in World of Warcraft is based on the Qinling Panda.
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