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Dujiangyan Field Research Center for Giant Pandas（Panda Valley）
In 1953, after the People’s Republic of China was founded, the first sick and hungry wild giant panda was found at Yutang Town, Dujiangyan and sent to Chengdu Zoo for rescue. The history of captive breeding and protection for giant pandas thus began. Over Fifty years later, the first ‘school’ especially used to reintroduce pandas started its construction, which is of significance for the captive breeding of giant pandas.
This center went into construction in May, 2010. It covers a total area of 135 hectares, with a total investment of 300 million yuan. After its completion, the center will be home to 30 to 40 giant pandas, 50 to 100 red pandas and other wild animals. This area has excellent ecological environment, a great amount of edible bamboos for pandas and pollution-free water source. It consists of 6 functional zones from outside to inside, namely, service zone, scientific research and education zone, field rescue and quarantine zone, feeding and breeding zone, semi-wild reintroduction zone and reintroduction zone. The 6 zones form a complete ecological research corridor for giant pandas’ returning to nature.