The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will announce on Wednesday that China and the WWF have agreed to establish nine protective parks within China to protect the panda bear.
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) will announce on Wednesday that China and the WWF have agreed to establish nine protective parks within China to protect the panda bear. The scheme, aimed at protecting the panda from extinction, will cost about twenty-nine million dollars (U.S.).
SYNOPSIS: Famous British naturalist, Sir Peter Scott, was one of the WWF members invited to China to see some of that nation's wildlife.
The group is there to help in the initiation of a two-phase giant panda project. The project, aims at protecting the existing panda population while increasing its numbers in the wild.
The WWF's delegation to China was pleased to hear Mr. Chu Ge-Ping, Vice Director of the Environmental Protection Office, refer to the giant panda as "not just belonging to China, but to the world."
Pandas are found only in China - and Peking is the only zoo where the artificial insemination of pandas has ever taken place successfully.
From the last survey mounted in 1973, Chinese authorities have estimated that only between 400 and 1,000 pandas survive in the wild. Pandas live in dense bamboo forests in high altitudes in Szechuan, Kansu, and Chensi provinces. The remoteness of their habitats makes it extremely difficult for studies of their behaviour. Pandas are among the least well known large wild animals and their habitats among the least known ecologically. Because of this panda conservation will clearly require the study and protection of adequate areas of their habitats. It is because of this that the WWF has decided on the massive project to set up nine protected areas. This will also protect the many plants and animals which are associated with them.