June 10, 2006
Panda Center Launches Live Web Cam
BEIJING (AP) - There's a new reality show in town - "Panda Cam." The Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in China's southwestern Sichuan province has set up a camera to capture the everyday life of pandas to be watched live on the Internet, the official Xinhua News Agency said.
"Panda Cam" will be aired in 20-minute segments from Monday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 10:50 p.m. EDT and 2 a.m. to 2:50 a.m. EDT, Xinhua said.The facility, in the heart of Sichuan's lush, cloud-wreathed mountains, is home to about 80 artificially bred pandas.
The Web site has a section in English and a quiz on panda knowledge, Xinhua said.
About 1,600 wild pandas live in the mountain forests of central China - the only place in the world they are found - with another 180 in captivity around the globe.
Pandas are threatened by loss of habitat, poaching and a low reproduction rate, making them among the most endangered animals in the world. Females in the wild typically have a cub once every two to three years.
On the Net:
Panda Cam: http://www.pandaclub.net