Chengdu Tour of
Bifeng Gorge Base of China Panda Protection and Research
In the May 12th 2008 Wenchuan Earthquake, the Wolong
National Natural ReserveThe panda specimen suffered a crushing blow
and over fifty giant pandas living in captivity became completely
homeless. In order to save these national treasures, Wolong National
Natural Reserve has, since May 15th, carried out an evacuation plan.
Twenty-seven giant pandas were transferred in batches to
Fuzhou and Beijng, and the rest were moved to Bifeng Gorge Base of
China Panda Protection and Research Center.
Bifeng Gorge is located in Ya'an City, which is just over one hour
by bus from Chengdu. In 2003, the China Conservation and Research
Center for the Giant Pandas and the State Forestry Administration
chose this gorge as a new giant panda base. The gorge, "V" shaped,
is composed of two small gorges, which measure 4.3 miles and 3.7
miles long respectively. Standing between 2,297 to 6,467 feet high,
the Bifeng Gorge is famous for the views of varied vegetation,
valleys and waterfalls. Its excellent original landscape attracts
more and more visitors each year to explore its wild beauty.
Endowed with good quality water and air, Bifeng Gorge Base of China
Panda Protection and Research Center is a satisfactory place for the
growth of pandas, and what is more important, it was only slightly
damaged in the earthquake. It is a comprehensive conservation
project combining tourism, research and giant panda breeding in one
place. It is divided into the giant panda breeding zone, baby giant
panda care zone, research center, bamboo woods and office area.
The pandas are assured of healthy growth in theirTwo lovely pandas
new home, and good news continually flows from Bifeng Gorge Base. In
the morning on July 6th, 2008, the panda "Guo Guo" gave birth to the
first twin cubs in the base. Guo Guo, the great panda mother, came
to the base on June 24th when she was 119 days pregnant. She was
really strong and brave to have these baby pandas after surviving
the big earthquake, overcoming the difficulties of bumping and
shaking on the long journey, and adjusting herself to the new
environment. The panda twins were the first pair of giant pandas
born in 2008 worldwide, which brings new hope and more power to the
recovery of the earthquake-stricken area and the affected forest
In 2008, there were 13 baby pandas surviving in the Bifeng Gorge
Base. On Feb.12nd, 2009, the base held a simple ceremony for these
small pandas as they attended the panda kindergarten. It is known
that the giant pandas, who temporarily live in the base, will return
to the Wolong National Natural Reserve after its restoration in two
or three year's time.
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