Friday, August 13, 2010

Pandas in Chengdu.

No trip to China is complete without going to see pandas! Needless to say, the welfare of pandas is taken very seriously in China, and Chengdu's Panda Breeding and Research Center is no exception. Though these animals are notoriously difficult to breed in captivity, to this date the Chengdu base has successfully bred 88 surviving pandas.

I arrived early in the morning during their feeding time. Apparently, they spend sixteen hours a day snacking away and the rest of the time napping. Not surprising given that all the energy they consume for their big bodies come from tiny, fibrous stalks of bamboo.

Feeding time for the red pandas.
Playful things.
Sleepy things.

So badly did I want to just pick one up and squeeze it, but that option would have cost me 1000 yuan ($150)! Maybe next time.

1 comment:

Anna W. said...

These pictures are making the kid in me really giddy-- I've always loved pandas!