Chengdu Panda Base

Stock Photography By Dennis Kraft

In 1987 the Chengdu Panda Base was founded with six giant pandas rescued from the wild. The Chengdu Panda Base has three stated goals: to research giant pandas, to serve as a conservation education centre, and to provide an international educational tourist destination. The beautiful Chengdu Panda Base has been highly successful. By 2008 it had 124 giant pandas. It also exhibits and educates about other endangered specimens and has international partnerships with conservation organizations

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1. Panda 01. Statures of Pandas at the Chengdu Giant Panda Rsearch Base in Sichuan, China. The base opened in 1987 with six pandas and has grown today to over 83. In 2009 ,the first giant pandas were born from successful artificial insemination.

2. Chengdu Panda Base 01. A short distance from downtown Chengdu lies the Chengdu Panda Base a non-profit, breeding facility that was founded in 1987. Among its goals are to be a world class research facility, a conservation education centre and an international tourism destination. In addition to pandas, there are quiet bamboo lanes, a rose garden, and exhibits with other endangered Chinese animals such as the red panda and the golden monkey.

3. Bamboo 04. China is filled with beautiful parks and gardens, sometimes in the strangest of places. This photo of a bamboo covered lane was taken at the Panda Research Base in Chengdu.

4. Bamboo 07. China is filled with beautiful parks and gardens, sometimes in the strangest of places. This photo of a bamboo covered lane was taken at the Panda Research Base in Chengdu.

5. Panda 02. Giant Pandas are synonymous with China and are beloved around the world. The scientific name for the giant panda is Ailuropoda melanoleuca. They have a distant cousin, the red panda which in many respects is a bit closer in similarity to a racoon. Giant pandas come from South and West China in a few mountainous and heavily forested areas. 'Panda' is an English name (borrowed from the French) and in China they are called daxiongma.

6. Panda 07. Pandas are a national symbolic animal in China and are beloved around the world. The scientific name for giant pandas is Ailuropoda melanoleuca. Pandas vary in size from about 1.2 to 1.9 metres in length and can weigh up to 160 kg. Males are usually larger than females.

7. Panda 08. Pandas have become a symbol of endangered animals and their presence in zoos and in the media have helped to educate millions on the importance of environmental issues such as habitat loss. Their presence in China acts as a draw to tourism with economic benefits to the local community.

8. Panda 19. Pandas are synonymous with China and are beloved around the world.

9. Panda 09. Pandas are gifted tee climbers. Their paws have five fingers including a thumb which allows them to easily grasp bamboo shoots, or branches. Deforestation of lowlands led to their decrease in population and most of them now live in higher, forested elevations in the mountains.

10. Panda 10. Except for mating season, pandas usually live solitary lifestyles in the wilderness. Females raise their young alone. Pandas communicate through some oral sounds and scent.

11. Panda 11. Pandas will typically live 20 years in the wild and 30 years in captivity.

12. Panda B & W 05. Black and white of a panda in.a tree at Chengdu Panda Research Base.

13. Panda 04. Pandas are found in the central mountains of China - Sichuan, Shaanxi and a few are found in Gansu province.

14. Panda 06. The Chengdu Panda Research Base in Sichuan has tried to create stimulating and panda friendly enclosures for pandas with trees and bushes, and 'climbing gyms for them to play on and under.

15. Bamboo 01. Bamboo (Bambusoideae) is a member of the grass family and giant bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It is an incredibly useful plant used for building, food and for ascetic purposes. It is incredibly strong with a tensile strength rivalling steel. Bamboo is found mainly in damp tropical and subtropical locations but some species can grow in cooler climes.

16. Panda 13. This is a yearling panda wandering through its enclosure at the Chengdu Panda Research station.

17. Panda 16. Pandas reach breeding age at between four and six years. They may have twins but usually only look after one cub.

18. Bamboo 03. Bamboo (Bambusoideae) is a member of the grass family and giant bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It is an incredibly useful plant used for building, food and for ascetic purposes. It is incredibly strong with a tensile strength rivalling steel. Bamboo is found mainly in damp tropical and subtropical locations but some species can grow in cooler climes.

19. Chengdu Panda Base Peacock 05. At the Chengdu Panda Base a peacock listens to a cellphone set down by a tourist.

20. Red Panda 15. Red Pandas (Ailurus fulgens) are distantly related to giant pandas and are closer to racoons. They are generally nocturnal, solitary animals living mainly on bamboo but are also omnivores. There are believed to be less than 10,000 red pandas living in the forests of Asia.

21. Panda 20. Pandas spend much of their day eating bamboo. Their digestive systems are quite capable of digesting meat and not as efficient at digesting the nutrients from bamboo, so typically pandas need to eat a large amount of leaves.

22. Panda 03. Pandas eat constantly. On average about half of the day is spent eating and the pandas favourite food is bamboo. An adult male panda may eat between 9 and 14 Kgs of bamboo in a single day.

23. China Garden 03. China is filled with beautiful parks and gardens, sometimes in the strangest of places. This photo of a rose covered trellis was taken in the Rose Garden at the Panda Research Base in Chengdu.

24. Chengdu Panda Base Rose Garden 03. The Chengdu Panda Base is an international tourist destination but in addition to pandas, there are quiet bamboo lanes, a rose garden, and exhibits with other endangered Chinese animals such as the red panda and the golden monkey.

25. Bamboo 05. Bamboo (Bambusoideae) is a member of the grass family and giant bamboo is one of the fastest growing plants in the world. It is an incredibly useful plant used for building, food and for ascetic purposes. It is incredibly strong with a tensile strength rivalling steel. Bamboo is found mainly in damp tropical and subtropical locations but some species can grow in cooler climes.

26. Chengdu Panda Base 02. The grounds of the Chengdu Panda Base are beautifully decorated with well maintained foliage and flowers.

 

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