A New Refuge for Old Bears
Here’s a great article introducing Dujiangyan, a new refuge being built in China. The Dujiangyan Giant Panda Centre, which works in conjunction with the hotel chain Shangri-La to provide injured and elderly bears with a home, is set in a secluded 51 hectare reserve of bamboo and parkland at the foot of Qingcheng, a mountain sacred to Taoism. The 28-million-euro complex will open to the public later this year, allowing visitors to observe the resident pandas up close going about their daily lives. At present, the facility houses 17 pandas (all but one relocated from Wolong via Ya’an), with space for another 23.