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China launches first Giant Panda Valley in Sichuan

Updated: Oct 4,2014 9:55 AM

China has launched its first-ever Du Jiang Yan Giant Panda Valley in Southwest China’s Sichuan province. It’s part of efforts to reintroduce pandas into the wild.

The Valley is located in the forest hills just fifty kilometers away from Chengdu, the panda’s natural habitat. The Panda Valley is close to the Longxi-Hongkou Nature Reserve, which also has pandas.

The valley will be divided into three main areas: a District for Research and Education, plus another two areas to help reintroduce pandas to the wild. The giant pandas will be going through one area at a time. So far, over three-hundred and fifty giant Pandas are living in captivity.