Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Panda habitat severely damaged by quake
Adjust font size:

China's major giant panda habitat, home to about 1,400 of the wild bears, suffered great damage in the recent earthquake, said a State Forestry Administration (SFA) senior official.

The 8.0-magnitude earthquake that hit the southwestern Sichuan Province on May 12 damaged the major habitat of many wild animals, including the giant pandas. It influenced 28.5 million mu (about 1.9 million hectares), or 83 percent of the total area of the panda habitat in the country, said Yin Hong, SFA deputy director.

In total, 8.3 percent of the damaged habitat was completely destroyed. One panda died in the quake in Wolong nature reserve, and another was still missing, said Yin Hong.

"The dense forests covering these places are now turned into bare land," said Yan Xun, SFA chief engineer. "As the plantation disappeared, the living environment is completely destroyed."

"We have transferred 14 giant pandas to safe places outside the natural reserve, including the eight to be exhibited during the Olympics (in Beijing), and the two to be sent to Taiwan as a present," Yin said.

The detailed reconstruction and layout plan for the damaged habitat is currently under discussion, Yin said.

(Xinhua News Agency June 13, 2008)

Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read Bookmark and Share
Pet Name

China Archives
Related >>
- New home sought for Wolong's giant pandas
- Giant pandas in Gansu: living or dead?
- 8 earthquake pandas ready for display in Beijing
- Missing panda spotted alive after Sichuan earthquake
- Food, medicine delivered to hungry pandas
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- The Eco Design Fair 2009
- Environmental English Training (EET) class
- Hand in hand to protect endangered animals and plants
- Changchun, Mini-marathon Aimed at Protecting Siberian Tiger
- Water Walk by Nature University
Sichuan Earthquake

An earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale jolted Sichuan Province at 2:28 PM on May 12.

Panda Facts
A record 28 panda cubs born via artificial insemination have survived in 2006.
South China Karst
Rich and unique karst landforms located in south China display exceptional natural beauty.
Saving the Tibetan Antelopes
The rare animals survive in the harsh natural environment of the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau.
Laws & Regulations
- Forestry Law of the People's Republic of China
- Meteorology Law of the People's Republic of China
- Fire Control Law of the People's Republic of China
- Law on Protecting Against and Mitigating Earthquake Disasters
- Law of the People's Republic of China on Conserving Energy
State Environmental Protection Administration
Ministry of Water Resources
Ministry of Land and Resources
China Environmental Industry Network
Chengdu Giant Panda Research Base