Panda Blog

We invite you to get an insider's view of what our team is up to throughout the year. We periodically post updates from our scientists about our work in China. These can help you learn about our current fieldwork, discover more about panda conservation, and gain a deeper understanding of the science behind our research.

Important Plant Research in Sichuan

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Important Plant Research in SichuanJuly 2017 By Ramana Callan and Loreena Avery As the Sichuan summer rolls in, we have a short window of opportunity to survey the plant diversity at the nature reserves where we may soon release our … Read More

About those questions

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About those questions: We’ve noticed a number of questions recently about our panda reintroduction project.  As we discuss elsewhere, we’re working with the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to save wild giant pandas from extinction by learning how … Read More

Are Wild Pandas Still Endangered?

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Are wild Giant pandas still endangered?By Jake Owens, Ph.D Part 1 of 3:   In late 2016 the International Union for the Conservation of Nature  (IUCN) changed the conservation status of giant pandas from “Endangered” to “Vulnerable”. What does this … Read More

And now, here we are!

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by Georgia Akranis and Sarah King: We are excited to join the Panda Reintroduction Project as Research Assistants at Panda Valley. Both of us are recent alumni of Drexel University. We were introduced to Global Cause Foundation through our professor, … Read More

Happy Birthday Qian Qian!

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  Qian Qian was one of the first two giant pandas selected for our panda research and reintroduction program. This week she turned three years old. The first time I met her was in March 2014, a few days after … Read More

Dr. Jake Owens

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Since 2014 I have been working to reintroduce giant pandas back into the wild as part of the Global Cause Science Team. On an early autumn afternoon during the final months of my PhD, I received a phone call from … Read More

Pandas Get Hiccups

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When I came to China four months ago to work with giant pandas as a member of the Global Cause science team, I had no idea what to expect. I spent a few days in Chengdu, a city of ten … Read More

Dr. Rama Callan

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I am a postdoctoral researcher with Global Cause at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.  I was inspired to join the Global Cause team after listening to one of its scientists, Ben Kilham (, talk about the insights … Read More

China Needs Technology To Fight Global Warming

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China will spend more to research global warming, but lacks the money and technology to significantly reduce the greenhouse gas emissions that are worsening the problem, according to a senior Chinese government official.? It especially needs new technology to clean … Read More

Dead Zones

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Approximately 400 coastal estuaries around the world contain so little oxygen in their waters that they are nearly devoid of life. They are chronic dead zones and there are about twice as many now as there were just a couple … Read More