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Second Panda Pair Released into Wild in Sichuan of West China

Giant Panda Released to Wild in west ChinaA pair of giant panda, Ba Xi, the male, born in July 2015, and Yingxue, the female, just 14 days older, were released into the wild - Liziping Nature Reserve in west China's Sichuan Province on Thursday as part of a program to rebuild the wild panda population.
 
"The pair disappeared in the forest equipped with radio monitoring equipment to track them and collect data on how they adapt to a natural environment and integrate with the wild panda population. They are in good condition today. When they saw humans, they ran very fast to the forest rather than seeking for food from them," said Wu Daifu of the China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda.
 
The panda center chooses four pregnant pandas each year to lead their cubs in wilderness training. Ba Xi and Ying Xue have learned how to find food and water independently and avoid danger in their two-year training. They are the second pair to be released into the wild. In October last year, two female pandas Hua Yan and Zhang Meng, also both bred in captivity, were released into the reserve. They are currently believed to be in good condition.
 
The fourth national census on giant pandas in 2015 showed 33 populations in China, 22 with less than 30 pandas. The International Union for Conservation of Nature reclassified the giant panda species as "vulnerable" rather than "endangered" last year, thanks to decades of protection. China has 518 giant pandas in captivity. However, the captive stock lacks genetic diversity. China plans to create a giant panda national park and releasing more pandas into the wild.
 
Sichuan Travel News - Travel West China Tour Information Centre

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