Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Pictures of Pandas!

We were finally able to get some of the Wolong pictures up on the web.  This is a picture of the heavily forested hills that make up the Panda’s habitat. 

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Oh wait! There wasn’t a Panda in that picture. I will make up for that but first here is the panda that we consider to be the big exhibitionist–here he is letting it all hang out while eating a biscuit with each hand…duh, er, paw.

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It turns out that a Panda cannot exist on bamboo alone. Not even the super good stuff called Arrow Bamboo. The San Diego Zoo discovered that they (Pandas in captivity) needed other nutrients so they created these ‘biscuits’ which are really much more like a multi-grain bread. Well, that is what they smell like but we haven’t determined exactly what is in that special sauce.

Here are a bunch of 2 year old Pandas chomping down on some bamboo. Give them fifteen minutes and they will all be fast asleep.

Six 2 year old Panda chopping down

So, there is a lot of space at the Wolong Panda Center and many Pandas share incredibly large enclosures (that are heavily forested) with only one other Panda. The only real exception to this are the 1 and 2 year olds. The sixteen 1 year olds are split between two enclosures. People go in and make sure that the one year olds get plenty of exercise. In one of these areas there is a large stout tree stump and it seems like, every now and then, a panda will realize the ‘stump is open’ and run over to it and climb up. Here is a one year old Panda climbing the stump.

One year old Panda climbing

Here are a couple of one year old Pandas playing their version of King of the Hill (stump).

Pandas playing King of the Stump

Here is a one year old Panda checking us out!

One year old Panda

Hey sexy! You want some of this?

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More pictures of the one year old Pandas having fun.

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Bird on a wire.

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This last picture is of the two year old Pandas. It is clearly after lunch and three of the Pandas have decided they will sleep high in the tree. There are a lot of trees in the 2 year old’s enclosure but many of them are wrapped in that slick, dead, bamboo to keep them from climbing (to protect the trees).

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July 31, 2007 - Posted by | China, Panda, Wildlife, Wolong

5 Comments »

  1. Nice pictures..Pandas are so incredibly fun to look at.

    Comment by marsha loftis | July 31, 2007 | Reply

  2. Lovely pics about the pandas, they are so cute!~~^^ I am so happy and thrilled learning about your trip. The picture of the little panda posing “sexy” in the branch is so hilarious!~~ Hope you can post more pics in the future~~

    Comment by Julia | July 31, 2007 | Reply

  3. those pics are straight outta national geographic! so surreal that you get to see pandas everyday!

    ps. we got your postcard! thanks!!!! 😀 keep em comin!

    Comment by mandy | July 31, 2007 | Reply

  4. how much can you buy a panda for? 😉

    Comment by Roger and Libby | August 1, 2007 | Reply

  5. Huwaaaaa~ So cute!! I Love Panda who still 1 years old. It looks kawaii~
    I wanna have a trip to go to that Panda’s cub (lol)

    Love Pandaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa!!!

    Comment by Carolina | August 1, 2011 | Reply


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