Join Wild Chronicles on a trek to China, where decades of hard work lead to a first-time event: the release of a captive-bred giant panda into the wild. High in the mountains of China's Sichuan Province, nothing about this project is easy. If the release is successful, it could signal a new chapter in panda conservation.

  1. How many giant pandas live in the wild?

    • Answer

      Only about 1,600 giant pandas live in the wild, making them an endangered species.

  2. How many giant pandas live in zoos and nature centers?

    • Answer

      About 180 pandas live in zoos and nature centers all over the world.

  3. Xiang Xiang is a giant panda that was kept in a unique, semi-wild enclosure for three years, before being released into the wild. According to Hemin, the biologist, what skills did Xiang Xiang learn in the enclosure?

    • Answer

      Xiang Xiang learned "how to choose the best food, the best habitat, and how to avoid predators."

  4. What is the biggest threat to giant pandas in the wild?

    • Answer

      Habitat loss due to human development is the biggest threat to giant pandas.

  5. How do conservationists propose to address this threat?

    • Answer

      Some conservationists and researchers propose creating "green corridors" to link different panda populations.

captive breeding
Noun

reproduction of rare species controlled by humans in a closed environment, such as a zoo.

Noun

management of a natural resource to prevent exploitation, destruction, or neglect.

decade
Noun

10 years.

mountain
Noun

landmass that forms as tectonic plates interact with each other.

Noun

division of a country larger than a town or county.