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A giant panda ecological park will be built in Chengdu

By Zhao Tong (People's Daily Online)    16:47, November 13, 2019

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The latest figures for giant pandas in 2019 showed that the global population of captive pandas is reaching 600 according to the Paper on Nov. 12, 2019. Furthermore, there are more than 1,300 wild giant pandas in Sichuan.

The 2019 annual conference pertaining to the giant panda breeding technology committee themed "Giant panda breeding and technology research" was held by Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda in Chengdu, the capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province.

In 2019, a total of 60 pandas were bred, and 57 of them survived. The number of captive pandas reached 600 worldwide, with an increase of 52 compared with the number of captive pandas in 2018.

This year marks the 150th anniversary of the scientific discovery of the giant panda and is also a key year for the pilot construction of the giant panda national park. There are more than 1,300 wild giant pandas in Sichuan, accounting for 75% of all found in the country, and it is the historical and present distribution center of giant pandas.

The number of captive giant pandas reached a new high, and a healthy, dynamic and sustainable captive population has basically taken shape. The research on wild giant panda release is being carried out steadily based on these conditions.

Research and breeding institutions for giant pandas, including the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, promoted technological innovation, and established a key laboratory of biology for the protection of endangered wildlife in Sichuan province, which has accumulated nearly 100 national patents and major scientific and technological achievements, as well as overcoming the difficulties in breeding, and rearing to further strengthen the genetic research and management of giant pandas.

Chengdu takes the protection of giant pandas as its main focus, centering on scientific research, public education, international exchanges, tourism, cultural creativity, outdoor sports, etc., and organically combining the ecological and cultural value of giant pandas with the construction of Chengdu city to create an ecological home for giant pandas.

On Sept. 25, the Chengdu panda planet and panda base reconstruction and expansion project officially started, the world's "most adorable park" is coming!

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(Web editor: Zhao Tong, Bianji)

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