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Back to the Wild

Our ability to breed and care for giant pandas in captivity gives us renewed hope that we can save the giant panda from extinction.  To improve our chances further, we must learn how to reintroduce captive giant pandas successfully to the wild. This is not a simple case of walking a giant panda into the forest and letting him go.  To survive in the wild, the giant panda must first learn the skills that baby pandas in nature learn from their mothers.  Since most of the mothers of our captive pandas have never lived in the wild, we have no idea whether they can pass on those skills.

For us to help, we must learn more about these skills ourselves.  Giant pandas in the wild are remote, solitary creatures. We don't know enough about how they interact with their environment.  We need more research so we can better prepare captive pandas before returning them to their true homes.


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