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2009-07-27 15:35:00

Six in ten giant pandas in China's Sichuan province were affected by a strong earthquake that hit the area in May 2008, according to a new study released on Monday.The scientists found that the powerful 8.0-magnitude tremor, which left 87,000 thousand dead or missing and caused enormous landslides across the region's mountainous terrain, destroyed nearly 25 percent of the panda's habitat close to the quake's epicenter."It is probable that habitat fragmentation has separated the giant panda...

2009-07-24 13:05:00

Chinese officials announced on Friday the first successful birth of a panda cub from artificial insemination using frozen sperm, The Associated Press reported. Experts say the birth may provide a new option for the endangered species, which is known to have fertility difficulties. The Wolong Giant Panda Research Center in southwestern Sichuan celebrated the birth of 11-year-old You You's (pronounced Yo Yo) third cub on Thursday morning. The new offspring is the 10th panda cub born at Wolong...

2009-05-08 13:58:16

The massive Sichuan earthquake in China last year has decelerated efforts to save the country's giant panda, which is regarded as China's national treasure. The quake had massive implications for the panda population as it demolished a primary food source, inhibited its sex drive, and caused tourism profits to decrease. "The biggest impact has been on the food source of the panda, as a lot of bamboo was destroyed," Wang Chengdong, the director of the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding Center, told...

2009-04-20 06:15:42

As early as next month, Chinese authorities will begin the construction of a new mega-breeding facility for giant pandas in the Wolong nature reserve, says the official Xinhua news agency. The announcement came after last year's 8.0-magnitude earthquake leveled much of their former habitat in a protected region of the southwestern Sichuan province where most of their captive pandas had previously been held. The reserve's Communist party boss Huang Jianhua revealed that the new base would be...

2008-07-08 15:00:26

Rebuilding a major habitat for giant pandas destroyed by the devastating earthquake that struck China in May would cost about $290 million, planners said. The giant panda research center in the Wolong nature reserve would be moved from its current site and would include a larger lab, a panda hospital, a larger cub pen, a bamboo planting field and an area to help acquaint pandas with wildlife, Xinhua, China's official news agency, reported. Five staff members and one panda were killed in...

2008-06-27 09:02:35

China's major panda reserve resumes field inspection after quake CHENGDU, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Staff at Wolong nature reserve, a major habitat of giant pandas in southwest China's Sichuan Province, have resumed field inspections to evaluate the living environment of the endangered species. Despite frequent landslides and mudslides, a 26-strong team has struggled in the past five days to collect first-hand evidence of damage to the giant panda's habitats, said officials at Wolong National...

2008-06-24 11:12:09

All remaining giant pandas at a major breeding base in China's earthquake-devastated Sichuan Province will be evacuated as landslides and other post-quake dangers remain a significant threat, China's Chengdu Business Daily reported Tuesday. The decision to evacuate the pandas followed conclusions by experts that Sichuan province's terrain was still too hazardous for the Pandas and their keepers. "The threats to safety from geological hazards in the Hetaoping Center's location are very...

2008-06-16 12:00:37

The Walt Disney Studios and Chinese filmmakers Castle Hero Pictures and Ying Dong Media say they are teaming up on the new movie Touch of the Panda. The project was announced Sunday at the Shanghai International Film Festival. To be shot in Sichuan, China, the film is to feature giant pandas bred and nurtured at the Wolong Giant Panda Nature Reserve. The movie is to be made with the facility's official cooperation and supervision. The live-action movie is about a panda cub separated...

2008-05-29 14:23:01

After the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve received a damaging blow from the recent deadly earthquake in China, officials are now seeking a new home for the bears. "It's better to move, I think," said Zhang Hemin, the chief of the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve. The Wolong reserve is just 20 miles from the epicenter of the May 12 quake, which has killed more than 68,000 people, including five reserve staff members. Most of the reserve staff members were not on-site during the 7.9-magnitude quake. "What...

2008-05-22 16:20:00

Officials in China have sent emergency rations of bamboo-shoots to a reserve housing pandas in the earthquake zone in Sichuan province, China's state media reported Thursday. The move was made because no one was collecting food for the bears in the aftermath of China's most devastating earthquake in decades.According to a government Web site, 47 people were killed near the Wolong Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda, the nation's largest panda breeding center. Thirty-five...

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Giant Panda, Ailuropoda melanoleuca
2012-10-29 16:02:45

The giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca), also known as the panda, is a species of bear that is native to southwestern and central western areas of China. Its range includes mountain ranges located primarily in Sichuan province, but pandas can also be found in the Gansu and Shaanxi provinces. It once preferred a habitat within lowland areas, but human encroachment has driven the giant panda into small areas, which contain forested habitats. There are two recognized subspecies of the giant...

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