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Giant Pandas

Fossils suggest giant pandas went from being man's friend to prey

Evidence suggests early humans turned pandas into prey as soon as they obtained the strength. Photo: Xinhua

Huang Wanbo put down his magnifying glass and frowned.

Sunday, 4 November, 2012, 4:14am

Cub's death might fuel debate on whether giant pandas can be saved

This series of images provided by the US National Zoo shows giant panda Mei Xiang during and after giving birth to a cub at the Washington D.C. zoo last week. The cub died on Sunday, despite emergency efforts at the zoo to revive it. One of the reasons there are so few giant pandas left in the world - about 1,600 in the wild - is that reproduction is very dangerous for the bears. The Washington zoo houses Mei Xiang and Tian Tian, a pair of giant pandas that are on loan from China. Photo: Xinhua

For many, the death of the US National Zoo's newborn panda is a heartbreaking loss. But for others, the cub's demise could add fuel to a controversial debate: Is it a waste of time and money to try to save the giant panda, a fragile species already on the brink of extinction?

26 Sep 2012 - 3:43am

Stripped to the bear bones

Unless you live under a rock, you have probably heard that Hong Kong's famed pandas, Le Le and Ying Ying, were recently feeling frisky, batting big black goo-goo eyes at each other and looking to get jiggy among the bamboo in their Ocean Park pad.

25 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Future of national treasures at risk

Despite a huge investment in time and effort to save the panda, the future of one of the world's favourite animals could be at serious risk unless steps are taken to protect its natural habitat.

In recent years, habitats for China's national treasure have dwindled as a result of human encroachment and exploitation, pushing many species to the edge of extinction.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A paw education

The metal door opened and the young giant panda cautiously stuck out his head, peering inquisitively at the crowd of onlookers.

Nervously, he put his front paw down in his new enclosure and emerged for the first time.

It was one small step for Gongzai, but potentially a a giant leap for pandas born in captivity.

29 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Who said it?

The friendship ... has endured changes in the international arena

Vice-President Xi Jinping, speaking to Myanmar's military chief, Min Aung Hlaing (pictured)

I would say Henry is a panda, because a panda is loveable. You want to hug him

Ocean Park chairman Allan Zeman, asked to liken Henry Tang to one of the park's animals

29 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

New plan to protect pandas takes root

Giant pandas can capture the hearts of the public with a simple smile, but they will need more than that if they are to win back their natural habitat.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Cameras put focus on wildlife conservation

Students learned to set up infrared camera 'traps' that are being used to monitor pandas during a year-long study in forested areas between Qionglai and Daxiangling, in Sichuan .

Forty teenagers from Hong Kong and abroad on the Cathay Pacific Green Explorers programme, hiked to the conservation site last month where they installed the cameras.

12 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Dennis Goodboy

I'm back on the mainland - for the third time this year - but I am not tired of this giant country yet. This time my destination is Sichuan . It's the land of cuddly giant pandas. I am the luckiest puppy in the world!

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am


Vessel ready for record dive after Pacific tests

5 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

HK helps put pandas back on track

Pandas in Sichuan are getting their lives back on track, thanks to the help of Hong Kong's largest theme park and the government.

The project, under Ocean Park's conservation foundation and the Development Bureau, aims to support the restoration of giant panda habitats in Sichuan affected by the 2008 earthquake.

1 Jul 2011 - 12:00am

Scientists count on panda droppings in new census

The fourth national survey of wild giant pandas - or rather their dung - has been launched at the Wanglang National Nature Reserve in Mianyang, Sichuan.

28 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Trying to save dolphins

The Ocean Park Conservation Foundation will allocate HK$5 million to research that focuses on dolphins and pandas.

27 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

European stars meet some Chengdu locals

Padraig Harrington and Sergio Garcia showed the soft touch that's so important on the greens when they cuddled one of the world's most endangered animals, a giant panda cub, yesterday ahead of this week's Volvo China Open. The European Tour stars visited the giant panda research base in Chengdu, where they held seven-month-old Ya Yun.

20 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Love is in the air for panda pair

After five years of chewing bamboo, Ocean Park's giant panda Ying Ying has finally got eyes for the opposite sex - but she'd better be quick if Hong Kong is to hear the patter of tiny panda feet.

20 Mar 2011 - 12:00am