Scientists have used DNA to find out that the giant panda is more closely related to the other bears than to the raccoons. Giant pandas are in the family Ursidae with the seven other bear species. Raccoons are in the family Procyonidae along with ring-tails and coatis.
This Park Lets You Hug Pandas. After you make a very large donation, of course. ... The Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in China, which attracts more than one million visitors a year, offers panda-lovers the opportunity to give one of its pandas a quick squeeze for a hefty “donation” of about $330.Dec 16, 2013