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Researchers in China plan to send pregnant pandas bred in captivity into the semi-wilderness in an effort to introduce their cubs to a natural environment.

Zhang Hemin, head of the Wolong panda reserve in China’s province of Sichuan, told the Telegraph that one or two pregnant pandas would be released into a semiwild area by the end of the year.

“The pandas will give birth in this semiwild environment and teach their cubs how to forage for food and survive in the wild,” said Zhang.

The transitional period will last about two years, and the panda cubs will then be released into wild mountain forests outside the enclosed zone. Six pregnant pandas have been shortlisted for the task, and one or two of them will soon be chosen based on their health, temperament and survival skills.

Zhang said that veterinarians and other workers who enter the initial enclosed zone will have to meld into the environment to help keep it as wild an experience for the pandas as possible.

Zoo workers and vets who enter the zone will disguise themselves as pandas by donning a black-and-white fur coat and crawling on the ground.”

Beijing Zoo

Beijing Zoo, China

Thanks to David at tastyhand for the link to this Hong Meow Diana camera image of a giant panda in China.

Hao Hao, daughter of Hua Mei and grandaughter of Bai Yun, born in July 2009 at Bifengxia Panda Base, China.

Chengdu, China

Springtime = fling-time at Beijing Zoo.


Nap-time at the Shanghai Zoo, where ten cubs born at the Wolong Giant Panda Reserve in Sichuan following the devastating 2008 earthquake are on display for six months as part of World Expo 2010.

Standing cub

According to the ever-reliable Sun . . .

This cuddly creature – pictured with his keeper – has been taught to walk like a human to help him have SEX. Like his fellow captive-bred bears he suffers from weak hind legs, hindering his LOVE ROMPS.

In a bid to build them up, the 18-month-old now enjoys nothing better than strolling around his enclosure. The randy panda has become a top attraction at the zoo in Zhouzhi, China – where visitors flock to take a gander.

Mating season is looming in February. Here’s hoping he can get one of the girl pandas to go weak at the knees…

gpOne of ten giant pandas at the “World Class Tourist Kingdom” of Chime-Long Safari Park, Guangzhou, China.