11 Jan '12, 10am

China helps captive pandas with 'wildlife training' in Panda Valley

China helps captive pandas with 'wildlife training' in Panda Valley

Giant pandas Qiqi (left) and Zhizhi eat at Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Chengdu, Sichuan province Dec 21, 2011. China will begin sending pandas bred in captivity into a controlled wilderness area in southwestern Sichuan province next month. -- PHOTO: REUTERS DUJIANGYAN, China (Reuters) - China on Wednesday began sending pandas bred in captivity into a protected area in south-western Sichuan province, the most ambitious attempt to rebuild the country's depleted population of giant pandas in a natural habitat. The first six pandas selected from 108 raised by the Chengdu Giant Panda Rehabilitation Project were released for 'wildlife training' in a forest area covering more than 130ha called Panda Valley. Officials and panda experts were joined by retired basketball star Yao Ming to inaugurate the Panda Valley wildlife area on the outskirts of Dujiangyan ci...

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