BEIJING ZOO: GIANT PANDA CENTER

Early in the morning we went to Beijing Zoo Giant Panda Center. We only went here to see the panda bears. Our tour guide got our tickets.



There is a huge glass viewing wall and you can get eye to eye with the cubs.



There are also some souvenir shops inside the panda center.



About the Giant Pandas:
Inhabiting the western part of Sichuan, the southern slopes of Qinling Mountains. Shaanxi and Wenxian County of Gansu. Giant Panda is a rare and precious indigenous animal of China.

Due to different habitat and climate in the wild, the giant panda generally lives in alpine bamboo forests 1200-3500 meters above sea level where there is adequate rainfall, rich water resource and suitable temperature. It is good at climbing trees and also likes to play in the snow. Its main food is various kinds of bamboo growing in the mountains. It is rather a gentle animal and generally does not attack people on its own initiative. It is solitary except during breeding season. It does not like to live in groups. Generally 1-2 cubs are born usually in hollow trees or rock caves. The newborn cub is very small and pink in colour, with sparse white hair.

Visitors can view the giant pandas in a huge outdoor section of the zoo.



Hmmm... the panda kept getting busy masticating the bamboo leaves.

The Beijing Zoo first bred the giant panda successfully in 1963 and first bred it successfully by artificial insemination in 1978. The Chinese Government regards the giant panda as a symbol of friendship and has sent it to many countries as gifts.


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