Monthly Archives: July 2017

China plans to create a new Giant Panda mega reserve. What are the aims and would there be any benefits?

jiuzhaigou valley national park: Giant Panda Mega Reserve

Five Flower Lake In Jiuzhaigou Valley National Park, Sichuan. One Of The Habitats Of The Giant Panda. (Author: Chensiyuan/Wiki Commons, GNFDL)

In their continued efforts to boost the welfare of the Giant Panda, The People’s Republic of China has made a new announcement.

It has made public its plans to create a mega giant panda reserve straddling Gansu, Shaanxi and Sichuan provinces.

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Their strong teeth, powerful jaws and fearful bite means that the natural predators of Giant Pandas are very few.

Snow Leopard: Natural Predators of Giant Pandas

A Snow Leopard. They Won’t Attack Adult Pandas But They Hunt And Kill Panda Cubs.

The giant panda is a native bear of Asia: specifically, native to the Sichuan province of China. They are known for their striking white and black coloration and their cuddly and generally peaceful demeanor.

However, though they spend most of their lifetime chewing bamboo plants, their bulk, strong teeth and powerful jaws means that fully grown giant pandas are a formidable foe to confront.

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Here are a few Giant Panda sanctuaries where you can visit these iconic bears and support conservation efforts too.

Bifengxia Giant Panda Center: Giant Panda Sanctuaries

Baby Panda Feeding At Bifengxia Giant Panda Center: Panda Cubs Are Extremely Delicate (Courtesy: Ami Vitale / National Geographic)

There is no doubt that China is home to a good number of wonders that animal/travel lovers would be delighted to see. These include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta warriors, and the iconic giant panda.

In fact, the giant panda has grown so much in popularity worldwide that it may be gradually replacing the dragon as the symbol of China.

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