Panda Yawning, Kunming, China

Photograph by Jodi Cobb

A giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) yawns in its enclosure at the Yuantong Zoo in Kunming, China. Wild pandas live only in remote, mountainous regions in central China. These high forests of bamboo (their primary food) are cool and wet—just as pandas like it.

(Photo shot on assignment for the National Geographic book Journey into China, 1982)