Homeless?: A preserve where rare pandas live and breed was at the epicenter of the strong earthquake that hit China yesterday.Courtesy Sheilalau
Along with the devestating human toll, yesterday's earthquake in China could be devestating to the small breeding panda population in that country. The primary wildlife reserve for pandas to live in the wild is extremely close to the epicenter of the earthquake. National Geographic as full details of the situation at this link. More Science Buzz links to the earthquake can be found here.

UPDATE MAY 14: Panda people, you can breath easier again. All is well with the 86 pandas at the nature reserve at the heart of the Chinese earthquake. Electricty is still out at the preserve, but the pandas are fine.

UPDATE MAY 19: Information from the Wolong Reserve continues to be in flux. Now there are reports that five people were killed at the site and three pandas are missing. You can get full details here.

Your Comments, Thoughts, Questions, Ideas

Lettgirl's picture
Lettgirl says:

I was able to visit the Wolong Panda Reserve 6 years ago, even holding a young panda on my lap - not unlike holding your cat while someone is trying to give him an immunization! The staff there is extremely dedicated to these animals and their survival. I worry about their safety as well as the animals. Most of the adult pandas there are in large outdoor enclosures, so I hope they will not have been affected much by the earthquake. The buildings are not tall - I don't remember any of them being mulit-story, so maybe that is also to their benefit.

Pandas only breed once a year and the young are born in early fall or late summer(around August - September), and I recall they do live in an enclosed nursery, so all of them would have been indoors, unless they were on their playground equipment.

Since I don't live in an earthquake-prone area, I don't know if tall, mulit-story buildings would be more dangerous during a quake. Hoping the pandas and their caretakers are well...

posted on Tue, 05/13/2008 - 12:43pm
nelson.robin's picture
nelson.robin says:

i mean i know the panda's were made to stay in the wild but if its going to affect them then they are going to have to get put were they get put

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:01am
Kunicki24's picture
Kunicki24 says:

Poor pandas, i agree with Nelson, even if they are supposed to be in the wild if it will save them to move 'em then it should be done....

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:03am
Amanda's picture
Amanda says:

why bother staying on this earth if its just going to get endangered some how so i dont see why they keep on wrighting about the same thing over and over if they were so worried they could take care of them theirselves and not have to worry about endangered anything also when people kill the animals that makes the population go down why because they want or need to eat something.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:08am
Candice_318's picture
Candice_318 says:

I hope none of the died. They ain't that cute anyways

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:10am
andyshadexx's picture
andyshadexx says:

hmm thing better going well with the better. I fel so bad for this....

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:14am
Looney_Tooney's picture
Looney_Tooney says:

Oh Dang...
First the polar bears, now the Panda bears...
What is going on here...

U Kno Wat Im Sayin!!!

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:17am
LEE's picture
LEE says:

i hope that they all survive because pandas are a symbol of china.

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:18am
Andy Korman's picture
Andy Korman says:

I WANT TO SAVE A PANDA AND HAVE IT AS A PET!!!! THEY IS SO FURRY AND CUDDLY WE HAVE TO SAVE THEM SEND MONEY TO ME( CASH ONLY) jk lol

posted on Thu, 05/15/2008 - 10:23am
diamond2008's picture
diamond2008 says:

that is so sad earthquake is a bad thing.

posted on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 10:10am
Mariah's picture
Mariah says:

earthquakes are a part of life so you can't chooes if you get them or not

posted on Fri, 05/23/2008 - 1:01pm
Galthoria's picture
Galthoria says:

they are so cute!!! i hope none of them died

posted on Sat, 05/24/2008 - 4:27pm

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