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A Tree Grows in China

Tree guards are important this time of year at Gengda Panda Base! The devices keep pandas away from the tops of trees so they can form new branches and have a fighting chance to grow. Branches are beneficial not least because their leaves will provide shade in the yards. But try explaining that to pandas.

Inside Wolong

Photographer Ami Vitale was allowed exclusive access into the Wolong National Nature Reserve managed by the China Conservation and Research Centre for the Giant Panda to witness pandas being trained for release into the wild. Check out these photos from her visit. –Pandas International

Legend of Wolong

In Chinese, Wo long means sleeping dragon. The local Qiang people believe a giant dragon came wandering through the valley and fell in love with the beauty of the mountains. Enamored by the beauty the dragon decided to go to sleep and then never woke up. The Wolong Panda Center was located in the Wolong

National Geographic Panda Special

National Geographic just released a trailer for a video starring Hetaoping, the old Wolong Panda Center. Check out this amazing footage that will take viewers inside the Wolong Panda Center and “bring light to the efforts to secure the panda’s future in the world.”

Panda Enrichment Study

Behavioral enrichment also called environmental enrichment is an animal husbandry principle that seeks to enhance the quality of captive animal care by identifying and providing the environmental stimuli necessary for optimal psychological and physiological well being. The goal of environmental enrichment is to improve or maintain an animal’s physical and psychological health by increasing range

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