The Chengdu Pambassador Program is looking for panda-lovers who are keen to support panda conservation by becoming the new Chengdu Pambassadors, or Panda Ambassadors. Last week, the Chengdu Panda Base launched PandaQuest, a competition starting on Facebook and continuing through to on-the-ground events around the world and in Chengdu to create awareness about panda conservation and the Chengdu Panda Base’s goal to return pandas to the wild. The three Chengdu Pambassadors will have the unique opportunity to tour the world over five to six months and visit to help spread the word about Panda Conservation efforts. The cities around the world that the #pambassadors will be visiting all have Pandas that were born in the Chengdu captive breeding program with the aim of diversifying the gene pool and bringing Pandas back from the brink of extinction.
There is still time to enter yourself as a 2012 #Pambassador Candidate and make it to the semi-Finals in Washington, DC October 15th – 17th! The most important steps are setting up your profile, creating your profile cover graphic, and then asking friends for recommendation and hugs. Once you have that set up you can work on your one minute candidate video.
Some Panda Facts
Did you know that by the end of 2011 there were only 1,590 Giant Pandas in the Wild and 333 in captivity?
Chengdu (China) Panda Base’s goal is to return Pandas to the wild.
A female adult Panda can begin to have babies at 5 years old. They generally have 1 or 2 babies at a time.
Pandas are pregnant between 80 and 100 days.
An adult giant panda in the wild generally spends about 16 hours searching for and eating bamboo. A captive bred giant panda usually spends about 8-10 hours eating bamboo, and the remaining time is used for sleeping and playing (with each other and enrichment activities their keepers engage them in).
Giant Pandas will choose different kinds of bamboos and different parts of the bamboo depending on the season
The giant panda is believed to be about 8 million years old one of the oldest existing species. Sometimes scientists refer to it as “the living fossil”
Giant Pandas eat a lot of bamboo and enjoy sweet fruits but they will occasionally eat meat.
Felissa Elfenbein is the author and creator of Two Little Cavaliers. She loves to travel and so do her two Cavalier King Charles Spaniels Davinia and Indiana. We have lived in NYC, Florida, Georgia, Berlin, Germany, & Hong Kong.
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