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To visit the Panda breeding facilities in Chengdu is quite an awarding experience and you can only hope that knowledge will lead to more openings of breeding centers.

While shooting, the rain and thick fog made it hard to get any satisfying shots, but well aware of the flaws I still kind of like this one. I hope you do to!

Comments are welcome!

Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding (Chinese: 成都大熊猫繁育研究基地), or simply Chengdu Panda Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals. It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, People's Republic of China.

Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987. It started with 6 giant pandas that were rescued from the wild. By 2007, it has had 110 panda births, and the captive panda population has grown to 62.

Its stated goal is to "be a world-class research facility, conservation education center, and international educational tourism destination."

Chengdu Panda Base has partnered with many organizations in improving ways to conserve giant pandas. For example, its partnership with Zoo Atlanta helped the zoo secure the loan of 2 giant pandas. To date, these 2 giant pandas, Yang Yang and Lun Lun, have produced two off-springs female Mei Lan in 2006, and male Xi Lan born on August 30, 2008.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chengdu_Research_Base_of_Giant_Panda_Breeding

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