Sichuan:Prohibition of commercial close contact with giant pandas in captivity   2018-10-25 17:07:43     

  The reporter learned from the Sichuan Provincial Forestry Department that recently a notice was issued to the provincial giant panda captive units, requesting to strengthen the daily management of captive populations, prohibiting commercial close contact with captive giant pandas.

  In addition, the notice also requires that pandas transferred or received from other breeding, scientific research institutions must be put in a special quarantine shelter for more than 60 days,When qualified for the quarantine standard,they can be placed in their Panda Breeding area. 

  Before the giant panda captivity units carry out scientific research activities such as wild training and release of giant pandas and field introduction experiments, they should carry out risk assessment of epidemic spread and formulate prevention and control plans for epidemic diseases, which can only be implemented after being approved of by the provincial forestry department or the State Forestry and Grassland Administration.

  According to the circular, all panda captivity units should not organize close contact activities commercially such as feeding and group photography with captive giant pandas, or engage in commercially close contact with captive giant pandas in the name of "volunteers".

  It is understood that the Sichuan Forestry Department will send out a working group to supervise and inspect the management of giant pandas in captivity in Sichuan.

YA’AN Ya'an is a prefecture-level city in the western part of Sichuan province, People's Republic of China, located just below the Tibetan Plateau.The first giant panda was found in Baoxing County of Ya'an; Ya'an is also the origin of Artificial planting tea of the world; Mengding Mountain in Mingshan County, has been keeping seven tea trees, which are believed to be the origins of tea, for more than 1,000 years.


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