For the love of….
I am an avid lover of the Giant Panda, sweet, adorable and helpless creatures. As I’m sure your aware they are an endangered species and if it wasn’t for breeding them in captivity it would only be a matter of time before their demise.
But it seems not everyone has my view, I only discovered recently that Chris Packham a well known Naturalist and TV Presenter has said “Panda’s should be left to die out”!! I believe David Bellamy is of the same view.
I wonder what your thoughts are on the survival of the panda ??
We should do everything we can to save the giant panda because we are the ones that have driven it to the edge of extinction. And because we can.
But pandas also play a crucial role in China’s bamboo forests by spreading seeds and helping the vegetation to grow.
So by saving pandas, we will also be saving so much more. We will be helping to protect not only these unique forests but also the wealth of species that live in them, such as dwarf blue sheep and beautiful multi-coloured pheasants.
And we will be providing a lifeline for a host of other endangered animals, including the golden snub-nosed monkey, takin and crested ibis that share these magnificent forests with the panda.
The panda’s habitat is also important for the livelihoods of local communities, who use it for food, income, fuel for cooking and heating, and medicine. And for people across the country.
The panda’s mountains form the watersheds for both the Yangtze and Yellow rivers, which are the economic heart of China – home to hundreds of millions of people. Economic benefits derived from these critical basins include tourism, subsistence fisheries and agriculture, transport, hydropower and water resources.
So by protecting pandas, we’re helping to safeguard the broader environment, which so many people and animals depend on.
Pandas themselves are also economically and culturally valuable. They are the national symbol of China and generate significant economic benefits for local communities through ecotourism and other activities.
Thanks for your answer Monkey – a highly worthy and creditable addition to Intertwit.com.
However, we here at Interwit Heights tend to agree with the Bellamy \ Packham theory on the Giant Panda.
The key phrase in Witters’s question for me is “helpless creatures”. And that is indeed what they are. Helpless. Without the intervention of man would they be able to survive?
Place a Giant Panda in the wild. Would it starve without being fed copious amounts of bamboo shoots? Would they be able to procreate without the intervention of man-made fertility treatment? I’m not so sure.
So in the name of science let’s indeed place a couple of Giant Panda’s in the wild – say Harlesden in North West London or Bodmin in Cornwall. I’d give them 2 months before the Chinese airforce fly in to airlift them out.