Adventures in Asia

by Greg & Francie

Damage to Wolong Panda Center

We are both pretty sad about the earthquake that has devastated parts of the Sichuan province in China.  We were in that area for about 5-6 weeks last year and really loved Chengdu, Songpan and, of course, Wolong.  The Panda center was very close to the epicenter and had a lot of damage. 

The article reports that:

“The quake killed five staff in the Wolong center and left all the panda houses severely damaged. Of the total 32 panda houses, 14 were destroyed and the others were severely damaged. ”  In addition, 2 Pandas are still missing.

I would guess that the deaths occurred in the staff housing that is adjacent to the Reserve.  We also heard that the nice hotel–not the newly renovated Panda Inn–had collapsed.  We used Internet there almost every night. 

Pretty tragic, we still havent heard what happened in Songpan but Chengdu seemed to fare relatively well.

Remember, you can give money to the earthquake relief fund here or give money to Wolong here

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May 25, 2008 - Posted by | China

3 Comments »

  1. Given that the earthquake occurred around 2:28 p.m., most of the staff would’ve returned to the Centre for the afternoon’s work which begins at 2:30 p.m. everyday, so there probably weren’t too many of them still inside the staff quarters.

    You can also donate through Pandas International which has a close working relationship with the Wolong Panda Reserve.

    Comment by Chet | May 27, 2008 | Reply

  2. Hi
    I traveled around China for a month with some friends and we also volunteered at Wolong Panda Reserve. Its so sad what happened the Panda that was killed ‘Mao Mao’ was the Panda we were allocated to and took care of along with Xiao Xiao who at the time was pregnant, and shes the Panda that is missing. This article talks about them:
    http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/nationworld/2004470078_pandas11.html

    Comment by Emily | June 11, 2008 | Reply

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