Chongqing – Pandas!

They call these pandas, but they are unrelated to the pandas we associate with China. What they have in common with giant pandas is their fondness for bamboo. Read a bit more here.

Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)

Red panda (Ailurus fulgens)

It was a steamy, drizzly day when we visited the Chongqing Zoo.   There were hordes of people around as it was still the celebratory week following October 1, China’s anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic in 1949.  Not that the people made it hard to get clear photos. My problem was that  I only ever carried one lens on my camera when I got off the bus (the Pentax body is heavy enough) and once again, I chose the wrong lens. Wrong for shooting the Giant Pandas  because I couldn’t zoom in on them. The photos have been cropped and brightened up considerably in Lightroom 5.

Fog doesn't dampen their appetite.

Fog doesn’t dampen their appetite.

Pandas are an endangered species. Whatever you may think of the ethics of wild animals in captivity, and the success (or lack thereof) of in-zoo breeding programs, it is a sad fact that the species has lost much of its habitat in China and Myanmar to deforestation and development and its numbers  are very low. The pandas in Chongqing seem well cared for, well fed and much appreciated.

Pandas seem to eat or sleep, though a younger one was up a tree.

Pandas seem to eat or sleep. A younger one was up a tree but I couldn’t get a good shot.

Between the rain and the very low light, I'm not very proud of the sharpness of any of these photos.

Between the rain and the very low light, I’m not very proud of the sharpness of any of these photos.

From another angle you can see the people around the other side of the pens.

From another angle you can see the people around the other side of the pens.

Next post: Other animals at the Chongqing zoo.

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One comment on “Chongqing – Pandas!

  1. I love the Giant Pandas! The red pandas were interesting but I would never believed they were of the panda family. Great photos.

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