Peacocks, pandas and plenty of laughs! Thats what you get at the Panda Research base here in Chengdu, China. Maybe the peacocks like to dress in panda costumes to blend in? Now that would just be silly. But if you visit this world famous site you can maybe trick the pandas by sporting your own (panda hoodie), or just flash a fancy panda backpack. The Panda Research Base is nestled in the southern end of China in the Sichuan Provence. Chengdu is the city where these beautiful and endangered animals can be found in two unique research bases, one in the city and one but a two hour drive into the mountains. And those of us who live here love these majestic creatures so much we love to wear everything panda! Its not uncommon to see someone wearing (panda backpacks), (panda hoodies), or even dressing in a (panda costume) around Chengdu. In fact everywhere you go there are pandas all over the city, even a Giant Panda crawling down from the side of a mall in the middle of the city!
When you think about it what do pandas and peacocks have in common? Well lets look at one of the most well liked panda movies ever; Kung Fu Panda. If you haven't seen it then hurry and download this delightful and fun movie. You’ll become a true panda-fan instantly and want to reenact scenes in your own panda costume! In the second Kung Fu Panda movie Po (panda hero) must fight the villain Lord Shen (peacock). Well as you can imagine he defeats Lord Shen and wins the day! So did the Panda research base copy the movie, or did the movie copy the research base? Lets unpack our (panda backpack) to answer this question and see what answers are in there.
In the Panda research Base in Chengdu, China there are really peacocks living along side the Giant Panda. But why? To give us some understanding as to why we will look more closely at the Giant Panda Research Base. The research base is different from a zoo because it is truly designed to research these endangered animals. At the research base there are not only giant pandas but also red pandas, black swans, and the peacock, of course. There are Giant Panda babies to be seen as well since this is both a research facility and a breeding facility. In the morning you may be able to catch the feeding of the adult Giant Panda, or go to the enclosure and look through the window at the new born babies at certain times of the year. The giant pandas like the cool weather so its best to visit outside of the summer months. Besides in the cool morning weather you can wear your sporty panda hoodie. If you go during the summer then your best chance to see the giant panda is inside their enclosures where they hide from the heat of the day. Since the Giant Panda is endangered we need to research and understand why they struggle to survive and how we can best support and conserve these amazing animals.
The Giant Pandas main source of food is the bamboo (about 99%), though in the wild a small portion of their diet is also various other grasses. Bamboo is very low in nutrients and so the Giant Panda moves slow and does not bred very often. They tend to be a solitary animals and it is rare to ever see two pandas together. These are some of the challenges to their survival they face in the wild, as well as a shrinking habitat. The Giant Panda Research base provides a place where the scientists and staff can support and research how best to conserve these amazing animals. So while in the research base it is advised not to pick the bamboo, even if you want to feed it to you new (panda backpack) you wear to come to the research base.
So lets take a closer look at what is included in the Giant Panda Research Base here in Chengdu, China.This special place is designed to be similar to their native habitat. In the wild the Giant Panda only lives in Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu Provences of southern China. To see these amazing animals in the wild is almost next to impossible even if you think you can put on a (panda costume) and try to find one. So your next best bet is to visit the research base in Chengdu, China and enjoy this special city. Besides there is no where else in the world you can walk around in a (panda hoodie) and no one would take notice because here everyone wheres panda gear!
The Giant Panda Research Center was designed to give these animals the best possible environment to live and breed. Besides the Giant Panda there are many other endangered animals in the research base. These include many different rare breeds of birds, and lesser pandas like the elusive Red Panda. The peacock is also a prominent feature at the research base and can be seen showing off their beautiful plumage.
Everyone around the world recognizes the Giant Panda as a symbol of China, and here we are proud to call this amazing animal our symbol. But what are lesser pandas? These are the smaller Red Panda. No you can't fit them into your (panda backpack ) so don't even try. These pandas can look more like raccoons than pandas and have red fur instead of the iconic black and white coloring of the Giant Panda. They are also only found in Western Sichuan in the mountains and prefer to live between 2000-3000 meters high. Their diet also consists of bamboo, in addition, they also eat berries, other grasses and insects. Because of their smaller size and great climbing skills they can be found in trees whereas the Giant Panda is too large and bulky and must remain on the forest floor.
What else is at the Panda Research Base and what can you see besides the Giant Panda and the Red Panda? Well as I mentioned there are beautiful peacocks roaming around as well as many endangered, and protected animals to see. Kids and adults alike will dress in (panda costumes), sport (panda hoodies) or just wear a (panda backpack) for fun creating quite a spectacle!
In addition to the indoor and outdoor enclosures for the Giant Panda, there are exhibit halls featuring variety of plants, animals and insects. These exhibit halls can give you a better understanding and an in-depth look at the regions bio-diversity. The Giant Panda Research base really is a delightful and informative international attraction. Tourists come here from around the world to see this iconic creature and enjoy this one-of-a-kind place in the world.
As a resident of Chengdu I consider myself lucky to live in such a unique place in the world. Chengdu is nestled up against the great plateau of Western China leading into the vast Himalayan mountain range. Here we enjoy a mild climate but incredible and immediate access to the mountains to the west and south where we can hike, climb, ski and marvel at some of the most remarkable natural scenery the world has. No wonder one of the worlds most elusive and loved animals calls Sichuan Provence its home. Truly if one only ventures out of the city of Chengdu but 2 hours one could find themselves lost in high cool bamboo forests. You can almost imagine the Giant Panda sitting on the forest floor slowly munching away on some bamboo. Just try to put on your panda costume and sneak up on him, that is if you can even find him.
So what are you waiting for? Time to load up your panda backpack, put on your panda hoodie, and hop on a flight to Southwestern China and visit the Giant Panda Research Base where peacocks and pandas spend there days!
So to answer the original question as to why are their peacocks living with pandas, and I answer, pandas are living with peacock,because the staff wanna create a real environment for pandas. In real nature,pandas and peacock are forming a symbiont cycle.