The giant panda is perhaps the most powerful symbol in the world when it comes to species conservation. The Giant Panda or Bey –Shong, (white bear in Chinese) is a very ancient and rare endangered animal that lives in the mountains of Yandao province. The Giant Pandas have been mentioned in the most ancient of the known Chinese texts written over 2700 years ago. Adored around the world, the distinctive black and white animal is a national treasure in China and has been the symbol of WWF since its formation in 1961. While its numbers are slowly increasing, the giant panda remains one of the rarest and most endangered bears in the world.