Saving Giant Pandas in China with Earthwatch

 
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Saving Giant Pandas in China with Earthwatch

Saving Giant Pandas in China with Earthwatch
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Hey, look up here!

Hey, look up here!
Giant panda conservation reaches new heights at the Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base. (c) Prof. Zhang Hemin & The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda (CCRCGP). (view small | med | large | orig)

Exploring the grounds

Exploring the grounds
Resident breeding pandas are well cared for in a variety of natural and designed settings at the Ya'an Bifengxia Panda Base. (c) Prof. Zhang Hemin & CCRCGP (view small | med | large | orig)

It can be hard to tell playtime from nap time

It can be hard to tell playtime from nap time
Artificial structures are designed to mimic the pandas' natural habitats and, for some, develop the skills that may help them be reintroduced into the wild. (c) Prof. Zhang Hemin and CCRCGP (view small | med | large | orig)

What's the frequency?

What's the frequency?
Staff working at the Wolong National Nature Reserve often don "realistic" panda costumes when working in the field, like this man checking a radio collar tracking station, so as to keep the environment as wild as possible for pandas being re-introduced to their natural habitat. (c) John Hanna, Earthwatch volunteer (view small | med | large | orig)

We're here for the pandas!

We're here for the pandas!
Earthwatch volunteers and research staff display the Earthwatch China banner at the Ya'an Bifengxian Panda Base. (c) John Hanna, Earthwatch volunteer (view small | med | large | orig)

Ain't nobody here but us pandas!

Ain't nobody here but us pandas!
Earthwatch volunteers and research staff model the panda suits used at the Wolong National Nature Reserve around pandas that are being re-introduced or partially re-introduced to the wild. (c) John Hanna, Earthwatch volunteer. (view small | med | large | orig)

Caring for the young

Caring for the young
A mother panda cares for her two cubs with the help of the Ya'an Bifengxian Panda Base's captive breeding program, and essential component to the long-term survival of the endangered panda population in China. (c) Prof. Zhang Hemin and CCRCGP. (view small | med | large | orig)

Snack time

Snack time
The average giant panda consumes between 20 and 30 pounds of bamboo shoots every day. (c) John Hanna, Earthwatch volunteer (view small | med | large | orig)

Hang on, let me finish eating...

Hang on, let me finish eating...
Because bamboo is relatively poor in nutrients, pandas need to keep their stomachs full almost all the time to extract enough energy from it. (c) John Hanna, Earthwatch volunteer. (view small | med | large | orig)

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Jackie Pomposelli

Boston, MA United States

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