Bonding With Bamboo-Munching Pandas in Chengdu, China
Only 1,600 giant pandas remain in China’s mountains. Predators, difficulty finding mates, and defenselessness of their tiny young continue threatening this endangered species. Chengdu’s Research Base for Giant Panda Breeding is increasing panda numbers, with a final goal of releasing captivity-bred pandas into the wild. Visit early to meander along misty, bamboo-lined trails and view pandas munching their favorite bamboo variety, trucked in daily from the mountains. Next, head indoors to coo at adorable baby pandas playing in their shared crib. Later, while giant pandas are lazily “conserving energy,” check out the raccoon-like red pandas, watch a 20-minute documentary, or buy panda paraphernalia and help panda species survive.