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Daxiangling Releasing Base: The rewilding and releasing process was smooth and the three giant pandas adapt it well
SICHUAN, China, Dec. 23, 2021 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

The reporter has learned from the Xingjing Area of Sichuan Giant Panda National 
Park recently that the releasing status of giant pandas "Heyu", "Xingchen" and 
"Qianqian" in Daxiangling Releasing Base is sound.

The above mentioned three giant pandas as objects of rewilding have shown 
similar characteristics regarding the activity pattern to those of wild ones at 
the moment. 

It integrates rewilding training and adaptation before releasing together. With 
a total construction area of 4639 square meters, Daxiangling Releasing Base is 
divided into two parts, namely 1. office buildings and living areas and 2. 
rewilding adaptation areas. It is now the largest rewilding and training base 
for giant pandas in the world. The rewilding adaptation areas cover an area of 
3000 Mu, including sheds, rewilding and training grounds and rewilding 
adaptation folds for giant pandas. "It integrates rewilding training and 
adaptation before releasing together, and can meet the needs of transitional 
training of the rewilding and releasing for 4 giant pandas and of adaptive 
training of the rewilding and releasing for 2 giant pandas at the same time," 
said Fu Mingxia, a staff at the Main Management and Protection Station in the 
Xingjing County for the Giant Panda National Park. Here is an ideal habitat for 
giant pandas. Located in the Macaohe Area of Daxiangling Provincial Nature 
Reserve, Sichuan, it is the core distribution area of the giant panda 
population in the Daxiangling mountains. With an elevation of 1998-2500 meters 
above sea level, it has abundant water sources, rich vegetation types and 
rather complex mountainous landscapes. There is the staple food of giant 
pandas, such as Chimonobambusa szechuanensls and Arundinaria faberi. Scientific 
researchers have also trained individual giant pandas through rewilding 
training folds in order to release them later and improve the genetic unity of 
wild giant pandas in Daxiangling so that the rejuvenation of their population 
could be encouraged and their extinction could be avoided.

Cross-regional activities of giant pandas have increased significantly. 
Usually, there is snow in the releasing base from the end of November to the 
end of March of the next year, so that the mountains are under snow closure at 
this time. Thus, March-June and September-November are valuable field 
monitoring periods for scientific research and monitoring staffs. The team 
members perform arduous field monitoring work during this period constantly. In 
respect of the releasing giant pandas, they will carry out in the early stage a 
comprehensive and detailed investigation, then monitor the survival status of 
giant pandas after the releasing, so as to ensure the timely collection of 
scientific research data and guarantee the survival safety of giant pandas in 
the wild. Secondly, they are also engaged in the key task of habitat 
restoration and ecological corridor construction. An ecological corridor for 
giant pandas in Niba Mountain is established through vegetation restoration and 
habitat reconstruction in order to strengthen the gene exchange between local 
populations of giant pandas in the Daxiangling Mountains and Qionglai 
Mountains. At the moment, 3000 Mu of habitat in this area has been 
reconstructed. The staff have monitored and discovered traces of the activities 
of the mother giant panda and her cubs. It means that cross-regional panda 
activities have increased significantly.

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SOURCE: Sichuan Daily