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Category: Panda Conservation

  1. China building ecological wildlife corridors for pandas

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    Looking through the info I have on Good Being Done, I was delighted to see that forestry authorities in Shaanxi Province have launched an ecological corridor programme.

    The province is situated in the north west of China, and the idea behind the programme is to connect habitats of giant pandas which have become fragmented.   This means that the pandas will be able to move between the habitats.

    By way of bridge construction and road culvert clearance, six such corridors will be built by 2027 in the Qinling mountains areas.  The pandas will then be able to move around more easily.

    That’s not all – bamboo trees will be planted along the corridors, and vegetation will be restored.  This means that the pandas will have more to eat.

    The thing is that this defragmentation of panda habitat was all down to human activities again.   Human doings such as road traffic and hydropower station construction caused it. And that meant the pandas couldn’t connect and breed – they find breeding hard enough as it is – so it didn’t help the panda population.

    Nationwide research showed that there were about 345 wild pandas living in the Qinling areas, so may there be many more in the future!

    Source:  

    http://www.xinhuanet.com



    Life of Rare Pandas
    by National Geographic And Wildlife Animal Documentary

     

  2. Panda conservation to benefit from ecological corridors in China

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    Every panda needs their sleep

    Forestry authorities in China's north western Shaanxi Province have launched an ecological corridor programme.

    The programme will connect fragmented giant panda habitat, making it easier for pandas to make their way across the region safely.   Six such corridors will be built by 2027 using bridge construction and road culvert clearance.

    In addition to building the corridors, bamboo trees are to be planted and vegetation restored along the route.  This means that the pandas willl have plenty to eat along the way.

    Human activities, road traffic and hydropower station construction meant that panda habitat was being divided into six parts in the Qinling area - it was hard for pandas to connect and move about. 

    Research shows that about 345 pandas live in the Qinling area.  May there be many more! 

    Useful information and ways to help pandas

    US charity Pandas International is busy working hard to help with panda conservation in China. 

    ″Endangered means we have time, extinction is forever.″ 

    Pandas International 

    Visit their website to find out more.

     

     

  3. China to create a massive panda park

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    The Sichaun province government has secured %1.58 billion in funding during the next 5 years for a planned Giant Panda National Park.

    The park will be three times the size of the US Yellowstone National Park, so it will be enormous – 10,476 square miles in all.

    The park will protect wild pandas living across the Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces.  The environment ministry said it had agreed to plans by 15 provinces and regions to draw up red lines to keep large areas of land off limits to economic development.   These large areas include wetlands, forests, national parks and protected nature zones. 

    Over 80% of wild pandas live in Sichuan, and the rest in Shaanxi and Gansu.  The park plans will link up the pandas who are isolated in these areas and encourage them to breed.  Pandas are terribly slow at reproducing and there are several breeding centres in China to help with panda conservation.


    Although the number of wild pandas have increased in recent years, the continued increase in numbers depends on having the right habitat available to pandas to breed so the announcement of the Giant Panda National Park is a step in the right direction to ensuring they have the right environment in which to thrive. 

    Pandas International is a US based charity working to help with panda conservation.  Visit Pandas International here.