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Step up fight against panda disease: Experts (3)

By HUANG ZHILING (China Daily)

13:45, November 14, 2012

The base signed an agreement late last month with Changning county in Sichuan to build a new habitat at a bamboo forest in the county, where the Oscar-winning film Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon was partly filmed.

Covering 291 hectares, the habitat, to be named Panda World, will comprise 74 hectares of forest, a lake and 58 types of bamboo.

Zhang Zhihe said when the area is completed, it will have 10 pandas.

The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at the Wolong Nature Reserve, also in Sichuan, has expanded its panda habitat, increasing the capacity of its dens from housing 20 pandas to 65 since the 2008 Wenchuan earthquake.

Captive pandas also face an increasing threat of infection from the increased contact they have with humans.

Zhang Zhihe said: "Disease prevention, control and treatment for pandas has much room for improvement, especially known conditions like canine distemper."

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