At 12:00 on Jan. 18th, 2010, three journalists from ABC, which is one of three national television stations in America, came to the Chengdu Panda Base. Their focus was on development, opportunities and challenges for giant panda scientific research seen today.
They first filmed the panda cubs born in 2008 and 2009 as they played to show the national treasure of China. Afterwards, they interviewed the famous Chinese panda expert, director of the Chengdu Panda Base Dr. Zhang Zhihe at the panda sun nursery house for 1 hour about development in the Chengdu panda conservation works and the current situation of scientific research works at the panda base. During the interview, Dr. Zhang said that since the founding of the panda base over 20 years ago, the captive population at the panda base has increased from 6 to 87 individuals (still the largest captive panda population in the world), under proper leadership by government at all levels, support from people at home and abroad, and the hard work of the base staff. Regardless of experts or keepers, they are all immersed in conservation work for panda. We believe that our hope of One Population, Two Bases and Three Centers will become true.
Dr. Zhang Zhihe, director of the panda base, was interviewed
At the No. 14 giant panda enclosure, the journalist also interviewed an American intern. Her passion for panda conservation work demonstrates the international cooperation between Chinese and American researchers.
The interviews will be broadcast on ABC News in the near future. At that time, the American people will learn more about giant pandas in Chengdu and developments in panda conservation work. At the same time, it is a good chance to further promote the giant panda cultural brand all over the world.