Species Spotlight: Giant Panda

Giant pandas

Questions and Answers

Is a giant panda a carnivore?
Although classified as a carnivore, a giant panda’s diet consists mostly of bamboo.

What is special about a giant panda’s wrist?
The giant panda’s wrist bone is enlarged and functions as opposable thumbs, an adaptation for eating their preferred food, bamboo.

What crucial role do giant pandas play in the bamboo forests of China?
They roam the forests, spreading seeds and facilitating growth of vegetation.



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