Pandas in Baoxing

China's inbreeding pandas given more space

http://english.ourpanda.com/   2013-06-26 16:36:46     

China is trying to stop its pandas, rebounding from the brink of extinction, from inbreeding by building them a giant safari park.

The new Baoxing Jiajin Mountain Giant Panda Ecological Tourism Zone in the southwest province of Sichuan had a planned area of 463 sq miles, three times larger than the existing reserve, Xinhua said.

"Expansion of protection zones will play a vital role in avoiding inbreeding and helping increase the number of the rare creatures," it quoted a park official as saying.

The 180 million yuan project would comprise the existing Fengtongzhai reserve, a safari park, a station for panda observation and a state forest park.

Said to date back to the time of dinosaurs, around 1,590 giant pandas still live in the wild, most in the mountains around Sichuan.

Of the 160 in captivity, 140 are in the Fengtongzhai reserve, Xinhua said. They have been under state protection since 1962.

Chinese forestry officials said earlier this summer that pandas were rebounding from the brink of extinction, thanks to an improved and expanded habitat, but that they were not out of the woods yet.

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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Fengtongzhai National Nature Reserve