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I was in Hong Kong last week and I visited the four giant pandas – AnAn, JiaJia, YingYing and LeLe at the Ocean Park. This was the first time that I had such a close encounter with these giant creatures. These “national treasures” of China attracted a lot of attention from the visitors. My friend, who called herself “Auntie Panda”, spent one hour observing and taking photographs of these four adorable pandas. We also learnt that the pandas spend at least 10 hours eating and they take naps in between their meals everyday.
Watch the giant pandas in action through the live web cams at the Ocean Park: www.now.com.hk/panda/
Unfortunately, some giant pandas in the Wolong Nature Reserve, one of the key panda reserves, were not so fortunate. The reserve is situated in Sichuan provincial capital, Chengdu, and not far from the epicentre of the earthquake on May 12. Although the pandas narrowly escaped death, they lost most of their homes and suffered serious shortage of food for days. Fortunately, food supplies for the pandas had reached the reserve since then and some of the cubs were taken to the Beijing Zoo due to safety reasons.
Find out more about the giant pandas:
- Giant Panda Profile: animals.nationalgeographic.com/animals/mammals/giant-panda.html
- Giant Pandas: nationalzoo.si.edu/Animals/GiantPandas/
- Giant Pandas: www.panda.org/news_facts/education/middle_school/
- Pandas recovering from quake trauma: news.xinhuanet.com/english/2008-05/27/content_8264653.htm
- Pandas ‘safe’ at park after quake: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/asia-pacific/7397935.stm
Tracks of a panda by Nick Dowson
Publisher: London : Walker, 2007.
Call No.: JP 599.789 DOW
Giant pandas by Michelle Levine
Publisher: Minneapolis, Minn. : Lerner Publications Co., c2006
Call No.: JP 599.789 LEV
Giant pandas by Jill Anderson
Publisher: Minnetonka, Minn. : Northword, 2006.
Call No.: JP 599.789 AND
Endangered pandas by John Crossingham & Bobbie Kalman
Publisher: New York, NY : Crabtree Pub. Co., c2005.
Call No.: J 599.789 CRO
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Posted by Ms Adeline Tan
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