|Our Guests in Wolong Panda Reserve |
Any animative movements of the giant panda will draw wide attention and generate happiness. They are cute and cuddly with cool eye patches and dopey gestures. There are many reasons why people love them and the important one is that they are rare and endangered. It has been absolutely a perfect reason to embark on a panda adventure.
Recommended China Panda Tours:
5 Days Chengdu tour: Chengdu - Wolong/Bifengxia Base - Leshan Buddha - Mt. Emei
The name of ' Panda' now refers to the giant panda but also referred to the lesser panda at the very beginning. There are two subspecies, one living in Sichuan and the other in Qinling Mountain (in Shaanxi). The files here is ready to introduce every fact of this lovely creature, its appearance, living habit, food, natural habitat …Click FAQs to see more.
The giant panda now only lives in a few mountain ranges in central western and south western China, mainly in Sichuan Province, and also available in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. It is classified to be an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). According to the official report based on 1999-2000 census, There are 1,590 that live in the wild in their natural habitats. The number was pessimistically estimated as 1,000 several years ago. A new round of census has begun since the middle of 2011, and the number is expected to be updated very soon.
Where to See them? Chengdu is the best place! The main captive breeding centers were built around this area.
Chengdu Panda Breeding and Research Center
Bifeng Gorge Panda Conservation and Research Center
Wolong National Nature Reserve (remain closed right now)
Some city zoos also have captive giant pandas, such as:
|Three-month Old Baby Panda|
The Giant Pandas’ mating season is only 2-4 days during March to May. If missed, they will wait till the next year. One female panda will usually breed only one baby, and it is not easy for wild pandas to have twins anyway. The lowered fertility generated the research on captive breeding. The China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda was established in 1983, jointly by Wolong National Reserve and WWF whose inspired from a panda named Chi Chi who was transferred from the Beijing Zoo to the London Zoo in 1958. The number of captive giant pandas reached 328 by the end of 2011. This is a great accomplishment.
China Panda Diplomacy
It was a French missionary, Armand David, who let the whole world know of this unique creature. He called it white-black bear. In 1963, an American fashion designer brought the first live giant panda to the western world.
The giant panda is China's national treasure and was regarded as the symbol of valiancy and peace. Its diplomatic career is sparkling. In Japanese history records, the court of the Tang Dynasty (618 - 907) sent two bears and seventy pieces of fur as national gift to Japan. The 'two bears' were testified to be giant pandas. American President Nixon's visit to PRC in1972 brought huge fame to the giant panda.