It has the teeth, stomach, and intestines of a carnivore, but this bear evolved to live almost entirely on bamboo. The panda’s specialized wristbone helps it grasp thick plant stalks.


  • Title: Giant panda
  • Location: Wen Chuan, Sichuan, China, Asia
  • Type: Taxidermy Specimen
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): 259027
  • Scientific Name: <i>Ailuropoda melanoleuca</i>
  • Photo Credit: David F. Schmidt, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Vertebrate Zoology
  • Date Collected: 1934-02-01

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