05 Jun '11, 8pm

Go inside an incredible day in China when Charles Bedford saw 3 pandas in the wild:

Go inside an incredible day in China when Charles Bedford saw 3 pandas in the wild:

As part of a group study tour of The Nature Conservancy’s projects in China , I was in Pingwu County, northern Sichuan, with 24 other colleauges. We were visiting a site where we are thinking of deploying a conservation strategy that is roughly parallel to the U.S. conservation easement tool. Pingwu County is completely vertical—it is the northwest edge of the consequence of the Indian sub-continent drifting into Asia and pushing the Tibetan plateau 14,000 feet into the air. Narrow valleys have roads pasted along their sides, towered above by enormous steep cliffs that often slough off the roads during the summer rains. This is also habitat for the few remaining wild pandas , China’s iconic wildlife species. Probably only around 2,000 pandas still exist in the fragmented habitat of Sichuan, but Pingwu county is a healthy patch in which they live. They are notoriously shy—s...

Full article: http://blog.nature.org/2011/06/improbable-pandas/

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