Panda Nation: The Construction and Conservation of China’s Modern Icon — chinadialogue

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— by Elena Songster: China announced ambitious plans in 2017 to establish a series of large-scale national parks, some to become the world’s largest. The expressed purpose of several of these parks, distinct from national level nature protection reserves, is to target specific high-profile animal species on a grand scale. Unsurprisingly, a giant panda park is included among the plans. This Giant Panda National Park is designed to bring together the many isolated populations of giant pandas that exist in tens of small reserves across half a dozen different mountain ranges. It is a monumental investment in China’s iconic animal ambassador. In addition to the giant panda park, China is also working on a tiger park, Tibetan antelope park, and an elephant park. Not all the new national parks will focus on a specific species, some – like the Sanjiangyuan park in Qinghai on the Tibetan plateau – are designed to better preserve China’s vital water sources and the stunning natural beauty…

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April 10, 2019

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