Pandas descend on London for Panda Awareness Week
Panda Awareness Week is an international event in November intended to raise awareness of endangered Giant Pandas. Latest statistics show that the number of Giant Pandas left in the wild is as low as 1800.
Panda Awareness Week is an international event in November intended to raise awareness of endangered Giant Pandas. Latest statistics from Pandas International, a charity working to save these creatures from extinction, show that the number of Giant Pandas left in the wild is as low as 1800.
Pandas are soft, fluffy, black and white creatures living in China. They are best known for their prodigious appetites which gives them the ability to eat vast amounts of bamboo. Deforestation is leading to loss of their habitat and has placed them on the endangered list. Plus, they are sensitive creatures, and disruption to their environment can lead to reduced reproduction.
Although they are a common feature in Zoos and conservation centres across the World, the number of Pandas living in the wild is dangerously low. Conservation efforts are required to protect their environment and protect the Giant Pandas from natural predators.
To promote Panda Awareness Week in London, over 100 performers dressed as Pandas descended on Trafalgar Square after making an appearance in Charing Cross Station. The performers dressed in panda onesies went on to a Panda Party in Covent Garden before retiring for the evening. They will also make visits to local schools across London and attend additional events to further promote awareness.
Ultimately the goal is to return Giant Pandas to their natural habitats through the help of conservation projects in China. 108 pandas are currently living at the Chengdu Panda Base, in China and more at the Wolong Panda Centre in China which includes enclosures for sick, injured and disabled Giant Pandas.
To find out more about conservation efforts visit the Pandas International website. Plus check out if there are any Panda Awareness Events happening around you and join in. Zoos often host additional events during Panda Awareness week and you don’t need a panda costume to take part.
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