The striking, beautiful panda is native to the country of China where they are revered as a national treasure. Here are five things we can learn from this rare, attractive creature:

1. Forge Your Own Path

Adult pandas are fiercely independent, able to fend for themselves and make their way in life. Each panda claims its own territory of about 2 square miles. Have you staked your claim and individual path in life?

2. Be Tenacious

The panda’s favorite food is bamboo, and they’ll graze on it for up to 12 hours a day in order to get adequate nutrition. They’ll also climb as high as 13,000 feet up steep mountain slopes to find it. How committed are you to getting what you want and need out of life?

3. Be Agile and Balanced

Despite spending a large portion of their lives eating and resting, pandas are also efficient climbers and swimmers. When threatened by a predator, they are known to quickly scale the nearest tree or swim to safety. Strive to find balance of rest and action in your life while staying fast on your feet.

4. Hone Your Senses

Pandas have an extremely acute sense of smell, allowing them to stay out of other pandas’ territories but also to find a suitable partner during the mating season. Are you using your senses effectively to help guide you though life?

5. Be a Standout

Their distinctive black and white markings give pandas an adorable look that makes them one of the most recognizable animals in the world. Have you found your own unique, signature style?

Unfortunately, pandas are an endangered species with less than 1,600 in the wild and 100 in zoos around the world. Consider supporting panda habitat conservation so that we can continue to glean inspiration from this beautiful creature.