Home / Environment / News Tools: Save | Print | E-mail | Most Read | Comment
Hungry giant pandas face tougher winter
Adjust font size:

More sick and hungry giant pandas than in past winters may seek food at lower altitudes in China's earthquake-affected areas, straining facilities at the local panda research center, Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

A file photo of giant pandas living at the Wolong Nature Reserve in southwest China's Sichuan Province.

A file photo of giant pandas living at the Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan Province. 

The devastating May 12 Sichuan earthquake caused landslides and destroyed some of the wild pandas' habitat, reducing supplies of their main source of food, bamboo, in the range of 2,500 meters to 3,200 meters (8,200-10,500 ft) where they normally live.

"They came down the mountains so early this year and that's why we predict there will be a worse situation for the wild pandas this winter," said Zhang Guiquan, assistant director of the Wolong Nature Reserve Administration.

In normal winter periods from December to March, four to five wild pandas are found at lower levels, seeking food or showing signs of illness, but Zhang said two had already been found by local residents in late October.

"Some of them may carry unknown bacteria or have infectious diseases, which will endanger the pandas in captivity," said Tang Chunxiang, chief veterinarian at the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda, where one of the pandas was taken.

The center has already taken 53 pandas that had been living at the Wolong Nature Reserve. One panda in the reserve, the largest for pandas in China, died and one went missing after the massive quake.

There are still seven pandas remaining in Wolong, Zhang said, adding, "We have to get prepared to receive more sick, wild pandas."

1   2   3    

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

China Archives
Related >>
Most Viewed >>
- Unidentified acaleph-like aquatic found in SE China
- Yangtze River dolphin one step from extinction
- 10 rare flowers and plants in the world
- Bashang Grassland in Mulan Weichang
- Pandas engage in a real Kung Fu fight
Air Quality 
Cities Major Pollutant Air Quality Level
Beijing particulate matter III1
Shanghai particulate matter II
Guangzhou particulate matter II
Chongqing particulate matter III1
Xi'an particulate matter III1
NGO Events Calendar Tips
- 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
- Green Earth Documentary Salon
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