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Panda-monium

An interview with biologists WEI Fuwen from the Institute of Zoology Chinese Academy of Sciences and Andrew Smith from the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University. Just how are the pandas of China doing? Dr. Biology finds out the answer from his two guests along with what happens when a baby panda falls out of a tree.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
How big are pandas and how much do they weigh? 02:00
How strong are pandas? 02:47
Do pandas bounce? 03:21
Are pandas bears? 04:22
Why are pandas black and white? 05:18
Do pandas have predators? 06:37
The panda eye pupil is shaped like a cats and not round. [their Chinese name] 07:12
What do pandas eat? 07:54
Do they eat more than bamboo? 08:53
Panda droppings 09:19
Bamboo has low nutrition value. 12:27
How big are panda droppings 13:05
How many droppings did you collect for your study? 13:25
Panda habitat. 14:20
What do we need to keep pandas from extinction? 15:24
Importance of corridors between panda ranges. 16:42
Community-based conservation. 17:10
Captive breeding of pandas and reintroduction into the wild. 18:39
Difficulties of reintroduction. 20:50
What is it like to hold a panda cub in your lap? 21:44
What's it like to put your hand in their mouth? 22:36
How hard is it to find a panda in the wild? 23:24
Listen to two recordings of wild pandas. 24:33
When did you know you first wanted to be a scientist? 26:00
If were not going to be a biologist what would you do? 27:18
What advice do you have someone wanting to become a biologist? 27:41
Sign-off 29:15

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Audio editor: Charles Kazilek

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