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Giant pandas, those archetypically cute bears that embody the concept of endangered species, live in very remote areas in the mountains of China and are rarely photographed in the wild. Panda researcher Zhi, who has studied the animals since 1985, presents a photographic essay of her years of research. Writing in the first person of the trials of conducting fieldwork in remote and precipitous areas, of the poverty that leads villagers to poach the local animals, and of political machinations necessary to set aside land for the pandas, Zhi enthralls the reader with the wonder of studying such an enigmatic and enticing animal. Introductory essays by George Schaller and several other champions of the giant panda set the tone, and a short bibliography guides readers to some classic works on the panda. Giant pandas are perennially popular animals and the photos are unique, making this book welcome in all libraries. Nancy Bent
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This volume offers a study of the giant panda's natural history, as well as the story of the dedication required to save this endangered species from extinction. The text and photographs by Lu Zhi, who adopted the panda's habitat as her own and thereby gained their trust, show almost all aspects of daily life. The essay and photographs by wildlife biologist George B. Schaller take the reader farther into the panda's world. An introduction by U. of Peking biologist Pan Wenshi discusses the panda... read more
The panda is perhaps the most beloved creature in the world. Much of the information available to the public, however, comes from captive populations where the animal's behaviour has been significantly modified. Misunderstandings about the panda are common; and sadly, its popularity has not reversed the animal's status as an endangered species.
Pandas in the Wild offers a first-hand, in-depth exploration into the panda's intriguing and unique life, the many problems that face the species, and the international effort that is being made to conserve their natural habitat. A vivid compilation of rare photographs and insightful texts written by the foremost scholars offer a new, sharper lens through which to view these majestic creatures.
From birth to adulthood, Pandas in the Wild examines these extraordinary animals at home in a complex environment-one which must be protected with enormous efforts if the panda is to endure as part of the world's natural heritage, for it is only through raising public awareness that the giant panda has a chance to be saved.