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Pandas prepare for release back to nature

01-12-2012 07:39 BJT Special Report:Captive-bred Pandas Released to Wild |

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After years of preparation, 6 pandas have now been moved from captivity into wild "Panda Valley." They’ll live in a natural environment, but under observation - as they learn how to fend for themselves.

China’s "Panda Valley" is located in Du Jiang Yan, in Sichuan province.

It’s now home to 6 pioneer pandas, whose survival skills will be developed before they’re released into the wild in several years.

After years of preparation, 6 pandas have now been moved from captivity into wild "Panda
Valley."

And they have a famous fan - Yao Ming, an Ambassador for wild animals, attended a ceremony to mark the historic event. He’s been working with several NGOs on protecting the endangered species.

Yao Ming said: "It’s a very warm day, we have the same dream, same hope and I feel very strong"

Training the 6 captive-bred pandas, to ensure their skills are good enough for life in the wild requires a lot of preparation and time.

Professor Hou Rong said: "We have three steps to help pandas improve their survival skills. Firstly, we train them in Panda Valley. Then, based on analysis and research, we will train them in a fully wild environment. Only then will we decide which pandas will be released into the wild. The whole process might take 5 to 10 years"

The training is only a transitional phase of the entire panda program.

Without it, these pandas wouldn’t be able to survive on their own in the wild.

Reporter: “The ultimate goal of introducing these pandas to the wild is to prevent the species from becoming extinct, and redevelop China’s wild panda population. It’s hoped that one day, there will be enough pandas who are able to survive and prosper in nature by themselves -- without the help and protection of humans.”

Retired NBA basketball star and conservation advocate Yao Ming
holds a panda during a ceremony for the release of six pandas
in Panda Valley natural reserve in Dujiangyan city, in southwestern
China's Sichuan province, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.

A panda plays in Panda Valley natural reserve in Dujiangyan city, in southwestern
China's Sichuan province, Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2012.

A panda chews bamboo in Panda Valley natural reserve in Dujiangyan
city, in southwestern China's Sichuan province, Wednesday,
Jan. 11, 2012.

 

 

Editor:Zhang Rui |Source: CNTV.CN

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