They have been featured in so many movies, cartoons, TV shows, and even ads; they are loved by both kids and adults; they’re on the logo of the WWF, and they have websites dedicated to their cuteness: these are just some of the things that pandas have bragging rights about. And they have so much more under their belt.
Based on all of things that have been released based on their charming and adorable appearance, it’s no doubt that pandas are some of the most loved creatures on earth. This is why so many people dream of seeing them. Surely they just sit there and do their thing which involves munching on bamboo, hanging on trees, and lying on their backs—sounds pretty plain and boring, but seeing them do these things always assures an “awwww!” moment, and they surely always provide joy.
The Giant Pandas are one the most endangered animal species on earth. Today, there is an estimate of only less that 2,500 mature in the wild. The reason for their being endangered involves factors such as loss of habitat and a low birthrate because of their inefficiency to regularly reproduce (either in captivity or in the wild).
Many forms of conservation of pandas in China have been pushed by many organizations in the country. The Chinese government has created 50 panda reserves starting 2005, which protect more than 60 percent of the population. Today, pandas could be found in the mountain ranges in the different provinces (such as Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu) in China.
One of the saddest things that pandas of China have faced is poaching or illegal killing, because their fur is sold at very high prices. The Chinese government has imposed strict rules to protect pandas—those caught poaching will face life sentence.
There are 11 national parks devoted to the pandas in the country. China has devised plans on preserving pandas by developing eco-tourism in places that will allow people to see the adorable furry creatures in their natural habitat.
One of the most important sites for captive breeding of pandas is the Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries. It is in this place where more than 30% of the endangered pandas are cared for. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which contains seven National Reserves and nine Scenic Parks.
If you wish to see lots of animals in just one visit, the most ideal place to go to is the Beijing Zoo, a zoological Park in the Xicheng District. This place, which is one of the oldest zoos in the country, has more than 450 species of land animals and over 500 species of marine animals. This place is home to Gu Gu, the panda known for the incidents where he attacked trespassers who went inside his enclosure.
Another facility that aims to save and take care of pandas is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a non-profit breeding facility in Chengdu, Sichuan. Founded in 1987, this place aims to be a world-class research facility to conserve pandas and other endangered and rare animals. The experts in this place work hard to make breed pandas in hopes of releasing more of them to the wild. This base also aims to promote the animals as well as protect and improve natural scenery and different types of landscape. If you love pandas, this is definitely a must-visit, because it has different facilities and features that inform, educate, and entertain people about our furry friends. They have modern facilities with interactive activities for both kids and adults, and they also have a tourist service center that will guide guests with making the most out of their visit. It is also worth mentioning that twelve cubs were born here in 2006, so this place has truly given so much aid in protecting pandas.
Seeing these furry creatures munch on their bamboo and play with one another is surely a delight to watch. Aside from providing entertainment (not to mention cuteness overload) to visitors, these facilities both aim to inform people on the things happening in the wild today, and provide ways on how one could help. Seeing where pandas live and being in their habitat will surely be a kind of experience that will give you more joy than just seeing their photos on the magazines or the many websites.
Seeing baby pandas and watching giant pandas play are probably some of the most touching moments any animal lover could have, and the mentioned places will most probably make you tear up a little.