Sichuan to hold int'l panda conference
The city of Chengdu, capital of southwest China's Sichuan Province, will hold an international conference focusing on various aspects of giant pandas between Nov. 7 and 11, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding said Friday.
Giant panda. [Photo:VCG]
Hosted by the National Forestry and Grassland Administration and governments of Sichuan, Shaanxi and Gansu provinces, the International Conference for the Giant Panda Conservation and Breeding will see high-level governmental officials and representatives from over 10 embassies in China.
Experts from foreign giant panda breeding cooperating organizations including the U.S. National Zoological Park and Berlin Zoo, scholars from domestic and overseas universities and institutions and representatives from China's panda reserves and zoos will attend the conference.
A wide range of topics including the protection and breeding of pandas, disease prevention and control, panda's internal secretion, panda's return to the wild, the protection of panda's companion animals and ecological environments will be discussed at the conference.
Chinese and foreign scholars are also expected to share their academic achievements and exchange ideas in the field of giant pandas.
Sichuan has the largest population of giant pandas in China. At the end of 2015, it had 1,387 wild pandas and 364 captive pandas, accounting for 74 percent and 86 percent of the national total, respectively.