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Giant pandas in the wild : saving an endangered species
Lü, Zhi, 1965-
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New York, N.Y. : Aperture, [2002]

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127 pages : color illustrations ; 32 cm
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QL737.C214 Z55 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area-Oversize

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"Giant Pandas in the Wild: Saving an Endangered Species" is an insider's view of one of the most alluring and least understood animals on the endangered species list. Through photographs never before published in a book readers enter a magical world in the remote mountainous area that is home to China's remaining 1100 wild pandas. Zhi, who began her research in 1985, made the panda's habitat her second home and gained the trust of more than 20 of these animals. Her observations and photographs dispel the popular myths about pandas and draw attention to the dedication required to save the panda from almost certain extinction.

Author Notes

Zoologist George B. Schaller was born in 1933. He is the science director of international programs for the New York Zoological Society's Center for Field Biology and Conservation.

After studying wildlife in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania, Schaller wrote The Serengeti Lion: A Study of Predator-Prey Relations, which won the 1972 National Book Award. After studying the panda in China, Schaller wrote The Last Panda, a book detailing his discoveries.

(Bowker Author Biography)

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Giant pandas, those archetypically cute bears that embody the concept of endangered species, live in very remote areas in the mountains of China and are rarely photographed in the wild. Panda researcher Zhi, who has studied the animals since 1985, presents a photographic essay of her years of research. Writing in the first person of the trials of conducting fieldwork in remote and precipitous areas, of the poverty that leads villagers to poach the local animals, and of political machinations necessary to set aside land for the pandas, Zhi enthralls the reader with the wonder of studying such an enigmatic and enticing animal. Introductory essays by George Schaller and several other champions of the giant panda set the tone, and a short bibliography guides readers to some classic works on the panda. Giant pandas are perennially popular animals and the photos are unique, making this book welcome in all libraries. --Nancy Bent

Library Journal Review

Most of us have seen pandas only in pictures or possibly in zoos. Shy and solitary, these irresistibly cute animals are rarely photographed or observed in the wild. Lu Zhi, who has studied pandas since the 1980s and has written many articles for National Geographic, Nature, and Science magazines, provides an original and in-depth look at the panda in its natural habitat. Glorious color photographs by the author and noted wildlife biologist Schaller (The Last Panda), who also contributes an essay, transport the reader to the remote mountain areas of southwestern China where pandas make their home. Photos of the mountain forests mixed with intimate shots of the pandas give the reader a new understanding of the species and the efforts being made to prevent its extinction. The accompanying text offers insight into the panda's daily life and social structure and further chronicles preservation activities. While this would not be the first choice for students looking for panda facts and figures for a report, it is a significant contribution to the public's understanding of this unique animal. It is also a work of art and can be enjoyed by all readers.-Deborah Emerson, Rochester Regional Lib. Council, Fairport, NY (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Claude MartinPan WenshiGeorge B. SchallerLu ZhiLu ZhiLu Zhi
Forewordp. 11
The History of Panda Research: from Wolong to Qinlingp. 13
Into the Panda's Worldp. 23
Life Among the Pandasp. 53
Pandas and Peoplep. 93
Epiloguep. 119