China Giant Panda
|Our Guests in Wolong Panda Reserve
As the most well-known celebrity of China, it appears in the logo of the World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF), preeminently endorses the Olympics and many other international games held in China as a mascot, shows up as a versatile actor on the big screen, such as the Kung Fu Panda.
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 most important one is that they are rare and endangered. It has been absolutely a perfect reason to embark on a panda adventure.
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, length, weight, living habit, food, natural habitat …
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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|
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.