If you can’t resist the charm of the clumsy and fluffy panda, there’s a website for you. ipanda.com <http://www.ipanda.com> has been set up by China Network Television in cooperation with the Chengdu Giant Panda Breeding and Research Center. The site enables users to watch round-the-clock live broadcasts of giant pandas.
28 hi-definition cameras have been installed in five gardens here to capture the daily activities of more than 80 giant pandas. The website offers both Chinese and English-language services, catering to an array of panda-lovers.
“We have a variety of pandas being filmed, so people of different ages can choose to watch whichever ones they. It’s great that we can observe them and therefore better understand and in turn protect them,” said Pu Anning with Giant Panda Breeding & Research Center.
Apart from live broadcasts, ipanda.com will also offer a new 30-minute panda-themed program each day along with panda documentaries produced by CCTV. And these programs can also be watched via mobile terminals.
Meanwhile, the San Diego Zoo has been busy lately, with two of the zoo’s youngest pandas celebrating birthdays. The staff there made an impressive birthday cake for Yunzi, marking his fourth birthday. At over a metre tall the cake was packed with apples, sweet potatoes, honey and of course bamboo.
One of six cubs from Bai Yun and Gao Gao, both on loan from China, Yunzi was a smash hit in the zoo as soon as he was born in August 2009. Four of his parent’s six cubs have already been returned to China, as the terms of their loan stipulate.
These fluffy friends have brought immense happiness to staff and visitors at the San Diego Zoo. Giant pandas are one of the world’s most endangered species. About 1600 pandas live in the wild, mostly in the mountains of Sichuan, while more than 300 live in captivity.
|Hu Zhanfan, the president of CCTV delivers greetings.|
|Wang Wenbin, general manager of China Network TV|
|The iPanda.com launch kicks off with a fireworks-filled kung Fu Panda performance.|
CNTV officially launches "iPandacom". (CNTV/ Zhu Qiliang)
|CNTV officially launches "iPandacom". (CNTV/ Zhu Qiliang)|
|CNTV officially launches "iPandacom". (CNTV/ Zhu Qiliang)|CNTV officially launches "iPandacom". (CNTV/ Zhu Qiliang)
A new panda channel was officially launched at the Beijing Media Center on August 6. Officials from the Publicity Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, the State Council Information Office, the State Internet Information Office, the State Forestry Bureau and other authorities are attending the ceremony. Full Story>>