As I was browsing through the internet news this morning one story that caught my eye was connected to Panda Awareness Week. Clicking on this story a huge smile was brought to my face as the first image I see was over 100 Pandas performing Tai Chi in Trafalgar Square!
The 108 black and white panda’s, performers dressed in Panda Fancy Dress costumes, travelled on the tube and walked the streets of London before finally arriving at their destination of Trafalgar Square. All in aid of raising awareness of the plight of the Panda, Nigel Marven who is a conservationist at Chengdu Panda Base in China, arranged the event and is planning on taking the ‘Pandas’ around schools to try and educate people about this endangered species.
Sadly the future of the panda species is uncertain. Threatened mainly by habitat loss and the fact that they are really hard to breed in captivity, it is places like the Chengdu Panda Base that will help. They hope to increase the number of pandas in captivity and eventually be able to release them into the wild for them to repopulate themselves for our future generations to enjoy.