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Panda Center Launches Live Web Cam

June 10, 2006

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




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